Definition of Squamata in English:

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Squamata

Pronunciation: /skwəˈmɑːtə/

plural noun

Zoology
A large order of reptiles which comprises the snakes, lizards, and worm lizards.
Example sentences
  • Chromoviruses have been detected in the earliest reptilian lineage, the Squamata (snakes and lizards), and in crocodiles but not in the genomes of turtles.
  • The Squamata were traditionally divided into two suborders - Lacertilia and Ophidia (snakes).
  • Evidently, the ecology of snake origins must remain an open question until their sister-group relationships within Squamata have been determined.

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Latin squama 'scale'.

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