Definition of lophodont in English:

lophodont

Line breaks: lopho|dont
Pronunciation: /ˈləʊfə(ʊ)dɒnt
 
, ˈlɒf-/

adjective

Zoology
  • 1(Of molar teeth) having transverse ridges on the grinding surfaces, characteristic of some ungulates.
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    • Thus they tend to revert to the trigonid form, but without cusps, so that the work is done by curved ridges: lophodont dentition.
    • The morphology of its lophodont molars indicates that Karagalax is a tapiromorph, and it is here included in the primitive family Isectolophidae.
    • Lophodont teeth have elongated ridges called lophs that run between cusps.
  • 1.1(Of an ungulate) having lophodont teeth.
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    • Bulungamayine kangaroos are thus rival candidates for the role of ancestors of modern, lophodont kangaroos.
    • Modern species are lophodont (complexly so in equids), in contrast to artiodactyls, which tend to be selenodont or bunodont.

noun

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  • An animal with lophodont teeth.

Origin

late 19th century: from lopho- 'crest' + Greek odous, odont- 'tooth'.

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