prototherian

[proh-tuh-theer-ee-uh n]
noun
  1. a prototherian animal.

Origin of prototherian

1880–85; < New Latin Prototheri(a) (< Greek prōto- proto- + thēría, plural of thēríon beast) + -an
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prototherian

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Prototheria, a subclass of mammals that includes the monotremes
noun
  1. any prototherian mammal; a monotreme

Word Origin for prototherian

C19: New Latin, from proto- + Greek theria wild animals
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