: having vertebrae enclosing the notochord each of which consists of a cylinder of bone shaped like an hourglass in longitudinal section
used especially of some extinct stegocephalian amphibians
[New Latin Lepospondyli + English -ous] : of or relating to the Lepospondyli
: having the vertebral centra develop directly as bone

Word History


lepo- + spondylous

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“Lepospondylous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lepospondylous. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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