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British Dictionary definitions for leptocercal

leptocercal

adjective
  1. zoology having a long thin tail

Word Origin

from lepto- + Greek kerkos tail
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Examples from the Web for leptocercal

Historical Examples

  • In other forms (sting-rays) the tail degenerates into a whip-like organ (leptocercal), often without fins.

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan