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edaphosaur

Syllabification: ed·a·pho·saur
Pronunciation: /ˈedəfōsôr
 
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(also edaphosaurus /-ˈsôrəs/)

Definition of edaphosaur in English:

noun

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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

edaphosaurian

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The skull is edaphosaurian in its general outline and in its small size in proportion to allover body size.
  • The first herbivorous land vertebrates were large (3 to 4 m long) diadectid brachiosaur amphibians and edaphosaurian pelycosaur reptiles.

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