dicynodont

noun
di·​cyn·​o·​dont | \ (ˌ)dī-ˈsi-nō-ˌdänt How to pronounce dicynodont (audio) , -ˈsī- \

Definition of dicynodont

: any of a suborder (Dicynodontia) of small, herbivorous, therapsid vertebrates with reduced dentition

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dicynodont adjective

Examples of dicynodont in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To work out how these animals evolved their tusks, Dr. Whitney and her colleagues collected bone samples from 10 dicynodont species, among them the tiny, big-eyed Diictodon and the tank-like Lystrosaurus. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 Examining the dicynodont skulls, the team found that a shift occurred midway through the group’s evolution: the appearance of soft tissue attachments supporting the teeth, akin to the ligaments present in modern mammals. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 This included the dicynodonts, of which the new species is a member, and other ancient relatives of mammals. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2018 The creature, given the scientific name Lisowicia bojani, belongs to the dicynodonts, which were some of the first large herbivores. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2018 This included the dicynodonts, of which the new species is a member, and other ancient relatives of mammals. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of dicynodont

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dicynodont

borrowed from New Latin dicynodont- (taken as stem of Dicynodon, genus name), from di- di- + Greek kyn- (stem of kyṓn "dog") + -odont- -odont; so named from the two canine-like tusks in the upper jaw — more at hound entry 1

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“Dicynodont.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dicynodont. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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