Definition of Odontoceti in English:

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Odontoceti

Pronunciation: /əʊˌdɒntə(ʊ)ˈsiːti/

plural noun

Zoology
A division of the whales that comprises the toothed whales.
Example sentences
  • The extant sub-orders are the Mysticeti (baleen whales) and the Odontoceti (toothed whales).
  • Modern whales may be divided into two subgroups: the Odontoceti (toothed whales) and the Mysticeti (baleen whales).
  • In the Late Oligocene, a fundamental split occurred between the Odontoceti and the Mysticeti.

Derivatives

odontocete

noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Within odontocete cetaceans, variation in body design affects stability and turning performance.
  • Both the mysticetes and odontocetes are thought to be descendants of the archaeocetes.
  • Dolphins and porpoises are examples of odontocetes, as are belugas, narwhals, killer whales, sperm whales, and beaked whales.

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek odous, odont- 'tooth' + ceti 'of a whale' (genitive of cetus, from Greek kētos 'whale').

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Odon¦to|ceti

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