tuatara

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noun tu·a·ta·ra \ˌtü-ə-ˈtär-ə\

Definition of tuatara

plural

tuatara

or

tuataras

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of tuatara

Maori tuatàra


First Known Use: 1890


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