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anaspid

[ uh-nas-pid ]
/ əˈnæs pɪd /
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noun Paleontology.

any member of an extinct order, Anaspida, of small, freshwater jawless fishes of the Silurian and Devonian periods, characterized by a single nostril, narrow rows of scales, and, usually, an armor-plated head.

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Origin of anaspid

<New Latin Anaspida name of the order, equivalent to an-an-3 + Greek aspid- (stem of aspís shield) + -a neuter plural noun ending
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