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arthrodire

[ahr-thruh-dahyuh r] /ˈɑr θrəˌdaɪər/
noun
1.
any of numerous fishes of the extinct order Arthrodira, widely distributed during the Devonian Period, having the anterior part of the body covered by a shield of bony plates.
Origin of arthrodire
< New Latin Arthrodira, equivalent to arthro- arthro- + -dira < Greek deirḗ neck, throat
Related forms
arthrodiran
[ahr-thruh-dahy-ruh n] /ˌɑr θrəˈdaɪ rən/ (Show IPA),
arthrodirous, adjective
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