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sphenodon

[ sfee-nuh-don, sfen-uh- ]
/ ˈsfi nəˌdɒn, ˈsfɛn ə- /
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noun

tuatara.

Nearby words

sphene, sphenic, sphenion, spheno-, sphenocephaly, sphenodon, sphenoethmoidal suture, sphenogram, sphenographic, sphenography, sphenoid

Origin of sphenodon

1875–80; < New Latin: genus name (orig. Sphaenodon), equivalent to Greek sphēn- sphen- + -odōn -toothed (see -odont)
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sphenodon

/ (ˈsfiːnəˌdɒn) /

noun

the technical name for the tuatara

Word Origin for sphenodon

C19: from Greek sphēn a wedge + odōn a tooth
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