mul·​ti·​tu·​ber·​cu·​late | \ ˌməl-tē-ˌtü-ˈbər-kyə-lət How to pronounce multituberculate (audio) \

Definition of multituberculate

: any of an order (Multituberculata) of relatively small extinct mammals of the Mesozoic and early Cenozoic that typically resembled rodents, had many-cusped molars, and have no known living descendants

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Recent Examples on the Web But Adalatherium’s anatomy suggests a connection with another group of mammals called multituberculates, which lived in the northern hemisphere. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "66-Million-Year-Old ‘Crazy Beast’ Finds a Taxonomical Home," 1 May 2020 Jeholbaatar belonged to a now extinct lineage of mammals called the multituberculates that endured for well over 100 million years. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Now Hear This: New Fossils Reveal Early Ear-Bone Evolution," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of multituberculate

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for multituberculate

New Latin Multituberculata, ultimately from Latin multi- + New Latin tuberculatus tuberculate

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“Multituberculate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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