plethodon

noun
pleth·​o·​don | \ ˈplethəˌdän \

Definition of plethodon

1 capitalized : the type genus of Plethodontidae comprising New World terrestrial salamanders that lay large yolk-filled eggs and do not pass through an aquatic larval period — see red-backed salamander
2 plural -s : a salamander of the genus Plethodon

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History and Etymology for plethodon

New Latin pleth- (from Greek plēthos mass, magnitude, from plēthein to be full) + -odon

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“Plethodon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plethodon. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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