cotylosaur

noun
co·​ty·​lo·​saur | \ ˈkä-tə-lō-ˌsȯr How to pronounce cotylosaur (audio) , -lə-ˌsȯr, kə-ˈti-lə- \

Definition of cotylosaur

: any of an order (Cotylosauria) of extinct primitive reptiles of the Carboniferous to Triassic with short legs and massive bodies that were probably the earliest truly terrestrial vertebrate animals

First Known Use of cotylosaur

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cotylosaur

ultimately from Greek kotylē + sauros lizard

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“Cotylosaur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cotylosaur. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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