so·​len·​odon | \ sōˈlēnəˌdän, -len- \

Definition of solenodon

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

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solenodont \ -​nt \ adjective or noun

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New Latin, from solen- + -odon

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“Solenodon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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