variants: or herpeto-

Definition of herpet-

1 : reptile or reptiles herpetofauna herpetology
2 : herpes herpetiform
3 : creeping herpetomonas

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History and Etymology for herpet-

partly from Greek herpeton animal that goes on all fours, snake, from neuter of herpetos creeping, from herpein to creep; partly from Latin herpet-, herpes herpes (also, a kind of animal, probably a snake), from Greek herpēt-, herpēs; partly from Greek herpetos creeping

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“Herpet-.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herpet-. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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