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lophodont

Syllabification: loph·o·dont
Pronunciation: /ˈläfəˌdänt, ˈlōfə-
 
/

Definition of lophodont in English:

adjective

Zoology
1(Of molar teeth) having transverse ridges on the grinding surfaces, characteristic of some ungulates.
Example sentences
  • 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 teeth with transverse ridges on the grinding surfaces.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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