Noun Acrodont Definition and Examples


Noun:

Acrodont

Pronunciation:

/ˈakrədɒnt/

Definition:
1.

noun

An animal, especially a reptile, whose teeth lack sockets and are permanently attached to the summit of the alveolar ridge of the jaw.

    adjective

    Designating teeth which are permanently attached to the summit of the alveolar ridge of the jaw, as in many squamate reptiles and some teleost fish; of, relating to, or characterized by such teeth.
      ((n.) One of a group of lizards having the teeth immovably united to the top of the alveolar ridge.)


      Origin:
      Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From scientific Latin acrodontes, plural from acro- + ancient Greek -οδόντ-, -όδους.

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