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placodont

Line breaks: placo|dont
Pronunciation: /ˈplakə(ʊ)dɒnt
 
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Definition of placodont in English:

noun

A fossil marine shellfish-eating reptile of the Triassic period, having short flat grinding palatal teeth and sometimes a turtle-like shell.
Example sentences
  • Ichthyosaurs and sauropterygians (plesiosaurs, placodonts, and nothosaurs) were marine reptiles restricted to the Mesozoic.
  • It had been suggested some time ago that turtles are closely related to the turtle-like placodonts.
  • Specifically, it seems quite possible that the choristoderes were originally shellfish-eaters like placodonts and only secondarily became long-snouted fish eaters.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek plax, plak- 'flat plate' + odous, odont- 'tooth'.

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