- any of various reptiles of the extinct order Thecodontia, occurring in the late Permian to late Triassic periods and characterized by teeth set in sockets.
- having the teeth set in sockets.
- belonging to or pertaining to the Thecodontia.
Origin of thecodont
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A genus of "Thecodont" Reptiles, so named in allusion to the fact that the teeth are sunk in distinct sockets.The Ancient Life History of the Earth
Henry Alleyne Nicholson
- (of mammals and certain reptiles) having teeth that grow in sockets
- of or relating to teeth of this type
- any extinct reptile of the order Thecodontia, of Triassic times, having teeth set in sockets: they gave rise to the dinosaurs, crocodiles, pterodactyls, and birds
C20: New Latin Thecondontia, from Greek thēkē case + -odont
- Any of various extinct primitive archosaurs of the order Thecodontia of the late Permian and Triassic Periods. Thecodonts had teeth in sockets and were probably ancestral to the dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and crocodilians.
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