Lepidosauria

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Lepidosauria diapsid reptiles: lizards; snakes; tuataras
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Lepidosauria (Zoöl) A division of reptiles, including the serpents and lizards; the Plagiotremata.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lepidosauria In some systems, a subclass or suborder of Reptilia, including reptiles with scales and plates, with limbs or without, and with the anal cleft transverse and the penis double. The group includes the ophidians and lacertilians, but not the crocodillians nor chelonians. Also called Plagiotremata and Squamata.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lepidosauria lep-i-do-sawr′i-a a sub-class or sub-order of Reptilia, with scales and plates—the ophidians and lacertilians, not crocodilians and chelonians.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. lepi`s -i`dos, a scale + say^ros a lizard
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. lepis, a scale, sauros, a lizard.