heterostracan

[het-uh-ros-truh-kuh n]
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noun Paleontology.

any of several ostracoderms of the order Heterostraci, from the Silurian and Devonian Periods, having the anterior part of the body enclosed in bony plates.

Origin of heterostracan

< New Latin Heterostrac(i) (plural) name of the order, equivalent to heter- heter- + Greek ostrak(ón) (singular) “shell” + -an
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