therapsid

noun
the·​rap·​sid | \ thə-ˈrap-səd How to pronounce therapsid (audio) \

Definition of therapsid

: any of an order (Therapsida) of advanced synapsid vertebrates that flourished during the Permian and Triassic periods with the last forms becoming extinct during the Cretaceous period and that are considered ancestors of the mammals

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therapsid adjective

First Known Use of therapsid

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for therapsid

New Latin Therapsida, from ther- mammal (from Greek thēr wild animal) + apsid-, apsis arch, vault — more at fierce, apsis

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“Therapsid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/therapsid. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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