plural hyobranchia
: a typically somewhat Y-shaped bone that serves to support the tongue and tongue muscles in a snake and is considered to result from fusion of the hyoid and remnants of the branchial arches

Word History


New Latin, from hy- + -branchium (from Greek branchion gill)

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“Hyobranchium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyobranchium. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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