Labyrinthodon

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Labyrinthodon (Paleon) A genus of very large fossil amphibians, of the Triassic period, having bony plates on the under side of the body. It is the type of the order Labyrinthodonta. Called also Mastodonsaurus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n labyrinthodon The typical genus of Labyrintho- dontidæ, containing certain fossil amphibians whose teeth have the enamel folded and sunk inward and are labyrinthine in structure, whence the name. Remains referred to this genus have been found in the Carboniferous, Permian, and Triassic formations. The name has been used with much latitude.
    • n labyrinthodon A member of the genus Labyrinthodon or order Labyrin-thodontia; any labyrinthodont.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Labyrinthodon a race of extinct gigantic amphibians found in the Permian, Carboniferous, and Triassic strata, so called from the mazy pattern exhibited on a transverse section of the teeth of some genera
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. laby`rinthos labyrinth + 'odoy`s 'odo`ntos, tooth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. labyrinthe—L. labyrinthus—Gr. labyrinthos; akin to laura, a passage.

Usage

In literature:

The labyrinthodon was coming more slowly now.
"At the Earth's Core" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The labyrinthodon was coming more slowly now.
"At the Earth's Core" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
He ought rather to come out in the character of a ceratodus or a labyrinthodon.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
Ann scrutinised the Labyrinthodon and then came around to Kipps' face in mute interrogation.
"Kipps" by H. G. Wells
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