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prototherian

[ proh-tuh-theer-ee-uhn ]

adjective

  1. belonging or pertaining to the group Prototheria, comprising the monotremes.


noun

  1. a prototherian animal.

prototherian

/ ˌprəʊtəʊˈθɪərɪən /

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of prototherian1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of prototherian1

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

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Example Sentences

And on this view may be explained the retention of Prototherian characters.

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