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- proper n. A taxonomic order within the superorder Lepidosauria — the scaled reptiles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A division of edentates having the body covered with large, imbricated horny scales. It includes the pangolins.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In herpetology, the scaly reptiles.
- In mammalogy, scaly mammals; a group of the Entomophaga or insectivorous edentates, containing the single family Manididæ, the scaly ant-eaters, or pangolins, in which the body is squamated, being covered with horny overlapping scales. The group is now usually ranked as a suborder.
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- n. diapsid reptiles: snakes and lizards
Latin squamatus ("scaly, having scales"), from squama ("scale") (Wiktionary)