tuatara

noun tu·a·ta·ra \ ˌtü-ə-ˈtär-ə \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of tuatara

plural tuatara or tuataras
: a large spiny quadrupedal reptile (Sphenodon punctatum) of islands off the coast of New Zealand that has a vestigial third eye in the middle of the forehead representing the pineal gland and that is the only surviving rhynchocephalian

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Maori tuatàra


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