Rhynchocephalia

plural noun Rhyn·cho·ce·pha·lia \ ˌriŋ(ˌ)kōsə̇ˈfālyə , -ālēə \

Definition of Rhynchocephalia

:an order of Reptilia that comprises forms resembling lizards but having biconcave vertebrae, immovable quadrate bones, and other peculiar osteological characters and that includes Sphenodon and numerous fossil genera — compare tuatara

rhynchocephalian

\-lēən\ adjective or noun

rhynchocephalic

\-¦falik\ adjective

rhynchocephalous

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of rhynchocephalia

New Latin, from rhynch- + cephal- + -ia


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