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prototherian

[ proh-tuh-theer-ee-uhn ]
/ ˌproʊ təˈθɪər i ən /
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adjective
belonging or pertaining to the group Prototheria, comprising the monotremes.
noun
a prototherian animal.
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Origin of prototherian

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

prototherian
/ (ˌprəʊtəʊˈθɪərɪən) /

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

Word Origin for prototherian

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