Definition of cryptodont in English:

cryptodont

Pronunciation /ˈkrɪptə(ʊ)dɒnt/

noun

Zoology
  • 1rare Any of various extinct dicynodont reptiles constituting the Late Permian family Cryptodontidae, which lacked obvious teeth.

  • 2Any of various chiefly extinct bivalve molluscs constituting the subclass or superorder Cryptodonta, the shells of which have no hinge teeth.

    The Cryptodonta comprise the Palaeozoic order Praecardioida and the extant order Solemyoida, though the latter is now often placed in a different subclass.

adjective

Zoology
  • Of or relating to the subclass or superorder Cryptodonta of molluscs.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country. From crypto- + -odont.