Definition of Palaeognathae
in some especially former classifications
: a superorder of the subclass Neornithes comprising birds with a primitive reptilian type of palate that are now usually included in Neognathae
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Origin and Etymology of palaeognathae
New Latin, from pale- + -gnathae
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