solenodon

noun

so·​len·​odon
sōˈlēnəˌdän,
-len-
1
capitalized : a small genus (coextensive with the family Solenodontidae) of atypical and very rare insectivorous mammals of Cuba and Haiti that are nearly 2 feet long and have a long snout, short round ears, hard fur, a long scaly tail, 40 teeth, and a skull with no zygomatic arch
2
plural -s : any mammal of the genus Solenodon
solenodont
-nt
adjective or noun

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from solen- + -odon

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“Solenodon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solenodon. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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