Definition of temnospondyl in English:

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temnospondyl

Pronunciation: /ˌtɛmnə(ʊ)ˈspɒndɪl/

noun

A fossil amphibian of a large group that was dominant from the Carboniferous to the Triassic.
  • Order (or grade) Temnospondyli: many families.
Example sentences
  • However, some Triassic temnospondyls, such as Laidleria, exhibit the pattern of Dendrerpeton, with the jugal and prefrontal broadly sutured, and the orbits well back on the skull.
  • Many Carboniferous temnospondyls appear to have been primarily terrestrial in habits, with strong limbs, but no lateral line canals.
  • At this point, temnospondyls, lepospondyls and reptilomorphs diverged.

Origin

Early 20th century: from modern Latin Temnospondyli (plural), from Greek temnein 'to cut' + spondulos 'vertebra'.

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Line breaks: temno|spon¦dyl

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