sphen·​odon ˈsfē-nə-ˌdän How to pronounce sphenodon (audio)
sphenodont adjective

Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Greek sphēn wedge + odōn, odous tooth — more at tooth

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sphenodon was in 1878

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“Sphenodon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sphenodon. Accessed 5 Oct. 2023.

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