dicynodont

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dicynodont a kind of therapsid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dicynodont (Paleon) One of a group of extinct reptiles having the jaws armed with a horny beak, as in turtles, and in the genus Dicynodon, supporting also a pair of powerful tusks. Their remains are found in triassic strata of South Africa and India.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dicynodont Pertaining to the Dicynodontia: as, a dicynodont dentition; a dicynodont reptile.
    • n dicynodont A member of the Dicynodontia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dicynodont di-sin′o-dont an extinct reptile, allied to tortoises on one hand and mammals on the other.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. di- = di`s- twice + dog + 'odoy`s 'odo`ntos, tooth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed from Gr. di-, two, cyōn, dog, and odous, odontos, tooth.

Usage

In literature:

Where was man in the time of the dicynodont, and when hoary monsters wallowed in the mud?
"The Story of an African Farm" by (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner
A genus of Dicynodont Reptiles.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
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