diapsid

adjective
di·​ap·​sid | \ dī-ˈap-səd How to pronounce diapsid (audio) \

Definition of diapsid

: of, relating to, or including reptiles (such as the crocodiles) with two pairs of temporal openings in the skull

First Known Use of diapsid

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diapsid

ultimately from Greek di- + hapsid-, hapsis loop, arch — more at apsis

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“Diapsid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diapsid. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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