• WordNet 3.6
    • n Temnospondyli formerly a suborder of Stegocephalia; large Carboniferous and Permian amphibians having vertebrae in which some elements remain separate
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • temnospondyli A suborder of stegocephalian Amphibia in which the vertebræ are composed of several pieces, usually of the rachitomous type, some-times embolomerous: occurring in rocks from the Carboniferous and the Lower Trias. The basioccipital region is usually, and the carpus and tarsus are always, ossified. The teeth have radially infolded walls.
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