anaspid

[uh-nas-pid]

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.

Nearby words

  1. anarithmia,
  2. anarthria,
  3. anarthrous,
  4. anasarca,
  5. anasazi,
  6. anastasia,
  7. anastasis,
  8. anastasius i,
  9. anastigmat,
  10. anastigmatic

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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