rhynchocephalian
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek rhynchos beak, snout + kephalē head — more at cephalic Date: 1886 any of an order (Rhynchocephalia) of reptiles resembling lizards that includes the tuatara as the only living member • rhynchocephalian adjective

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  • rhynchocephalian — [riŋ΄kō sə fā′lē ən] adj. [< Gr rhynchos, snout + kephalē, head (see CEPHALIC) + IAN] designating or of a nearly extinct order (Rhynchocephalia) of lizardlike, beaked reptiles: the only two existing species are tuataras n. any member of this… …   English World dictionary

  • rhynchocephalian — /ring koh seuh fayl yeuhn, fay lee euhn/, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the Rhynchocephalia, an order of lizardlike reptiles that are extinct except for the tuatara. n. 2. a rhynchocephalian reptile. [1865 70; < NL Rhynchocephali(a) name of… …   Universalium

  • rhynchocephalian — rhyn•cho•ce•pha•lian [[t]ˌrɪŋ koʊ səˈfeɪl yən, ˈfeɪ li ən[/t]] adj. 1) ram belonging to the Rhynchocephalia, an order of lizardlike reptiles 2) ram a rhynchocephalian reptile • Etymology: 1865–70; < NL Rhynchocephali(a) (< Gk rhýncho(s)… …   From formal English to slang

  • rhynchocephalian — /ˌrɪŋkoʊsəˈfeɪliən/ (say .ringkohsuh fayleeuhn) adjective 1. belonging to the Rhynchocephalia, an order of lizard shaped reptiles, now extinct except for the tuatara of New Zealand. –noun 2. a rhynchocephalian reptile. {New Latin, Rhynchocephalia …   Australian English dictionary

  • rhynchocephalian — noun Any of a group of extinct reptiles of the order Rhynchocephalia …   Wiktionary

  • rhynchocephalian — rhyn·cho·ce·pha·lian …   English syllables

  • rhynchocephalian — adjective or noun see rhynchocephalia …   Useful english dictionary

  • Laosaurus — Taxobox name = Laosaurus fossil range = Upper Jurassic, Upper Cretaceous regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Sauropsida superordo = Dinosauria ordo = Ornithischia subordo = Cerapoda infraordo = Ornithopoda familia = Hypsilophodontidae… …   Wikipedia

  • rhyn|cho|ce|pha|li|an — «RIHNG koh suh FAY lee uhn, FAYL yuhn», adjective, noun. –adj. belonging to an order of nearly extinct, small, lizardlike reptiles. –n. a rhynchocephalian reptile: »The tuatara of New Zealand is the only extant rhynchocephalian. ╂[< New Latin… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tuatara — noun (plural tara or taras) Etymology: Maori tuatàra Date: 1890 a large spiny quadrupedal reptile (Sphenodon punctatum) of islands off the coast of New Zealand that has a vestigial third eye in the middle of the forehead representing the pineal… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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