Definition of lepospondyl in English:

lepospondyl

Line breaks: lepo|spon¦dyl
Pronunciation: /ˌlɛpə(ʊ)ˈspɒndɪl
 
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noun

An early fossil amphibian of the Carboniferous and Permian periods, distinguished by vertebrae shaped liked hourglasses.
  • Microsauria and related orders, formerly placed in the subclass Lepospondyli
More example sentences
  • In some lepospondyls, and in frogs and salamanders, the surangular is absent.
  • At this point, temnospondyls, lepospondyls and reptilomorphs diverged.
  • This may be supported by the observation that in other elongate lepospondyls showing limb reduction there is first a reduction in the number of digits and the size of the limb.

Origin

1930s: from modern Latin Lepospondyli (plural), from Greek lepos 'husk' + spondulos 'vertebra'.

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