Meaning of cryptodiran in English:

cryptodiran

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of the chelonian suborder Cryptodira (which includes most kinds of turtle, tortoise, and terrapin), characterized by retraction of the head directly backwards into the shell by a vertical flexure of the neck.

noun

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Geological Magazine. From scientific Latin Cryptodira, suborder name (E. D. Cope 1867 or earlier; alteration of Cryptodera from French Cryptodères, subfamily name from crypto- + ancient Greek δειρή (Attic δέρη) neck) + -an.

Pronunciation

cryptodiran

/ˌkrɪptə(ʊ)ˈdʌɪrən/