noun, capitalized cli·das·tes \klīˈda(ˌ) stēz\

Definition of clidastes

  1. :  a genus of large extinct North American Cretaceous fish-eating marine lizards in many respects resembling the recent monitors — compare mosasaurus, varanidae

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Origin and Etymology of clidastes

New Latin, probably irregular from Greek kleid-, kleis key; akin to Latin claudere to shut — more at close

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a brief usually trivial fact

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