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diprotodont

noun
  1. any marsupial of the group or suborder Diprotodontia, including kangaroos, phalangers, and wombats, having fewer than three upper incisor teeth on each side of the jawCompare polyprotodont
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek from di- 1 + proto- + -odont
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Historical Examples

  • But it is now known that Diprotodont Marsupials formerly existed in the same part of the world.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • It lives apparently upon bird's eggs and small birds, though it belongs to the Diprotodont division of the Marsupials.

  • The affinities with other Diprotodont Marsupials are shown by the commencing syndactyly of the second and third toes.

  • Figs. 76 and 77 illustrate the Polyprotodont and Diprotodont dentitions.

  • Among the diprotodont types the Phascolomyidae, or Wombats, have a dentition recalling that of the Rodents.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds