eu·​the·​ri·​an | \ yü-ˈthir-ē-ən How to pronounce eutherian (audio) \

Definition of eutherian

: of or relating to a major division (Eutheria) of mammals comprising the placental mammals

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eutherian noun

Examples of eutherian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To do that, Harris Lewin, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of California, Davis, and colleagues compared 19 genomes of various mammals at different spots in the eutherian family tree, including several primates. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Digital reconstruction of ancient chromosomes reveals surprises about mammalian evolution," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of eutherian

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eutherian

ultimately from New Latin eu- + Greek thērion beast — more at treacle

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The first known use of eutherian was in 1880

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“Eutherian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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