rhynchocephalian

noun

rhyn·​cho·​ce·​pha·​lian ˌriŋ-kō-sə-ˈfāl-yən How to pronounce rhynchocephalian (audio)
: any of an order (Rhynchocephalia) of reptiles resembling lizards that includes the tuatara as the only living member
rhynchocephalian adjective

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Word History

Etymology

ultimately from Greek rhynchos beak, snout + kephalē head — more at cephalic

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhynchocephalian was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Rhynchocephalian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhynchocephalian. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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