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edaphosaurus Line breaks: edapho|saurus
Pronunciation: /ɪˈdafəsɔːrəs/

Definition of edaphosaurus in English:


A large herbivorous synapsid reptile of the late Carboniferous and early Permian periods, with long knobbly spines on its back supporting a sail-like crest.
  • Genus Edaphosaurus, order Pelycosuria, subclass Synapsida
Example sentences
  • Along with the Diadectidae, Edaphosaurus is one of the earliest known plant-eating tetrapods (land-living vertebrates).
  • Other Edaphosauruses were not so large and some were half a meter or less in length.


Modern Latin, from Greek edaphos 'floor' + sauros 'lizard'.

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