multituberculate

[ muhl-tee-too-bur-kyuh-lit, -leyt, -tyoo-, muhl-tahy- ]
/ ˌmʌl ti tʊˈbɜr kyə lɪt, -ˌleɪt, -tyʊ-, ˌmʌl taɪ- /

noun

a rodentlike mammal of the extinct order Multituberculata, which lived from the late Jurassic Period to the Oligocene Epoch, reaching the size of a woodchuck and having molars with two or three rows of simple pointed cusps.

adjective

of or relating to the multituberculates.
having teeth with many simple, pointed cusps.

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Origin of multituberculate

From New Latin Multituberculata (1884); see multi-, tuberculate, -ata1
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