Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having teeth of different types (like most mammals)
  • n. A heterodont animal
  • n. A North American snake of the genus Heterodon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the teeth differentiated into incisors, canines, and molars, as in man; -- opposed to homodont.
  • n. Any animal with heterodont dentition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having different kinds of teeth; having the teeth differentiated into several distinct kinds, as incisors, canines, and molars: opposed to homodont.
  • n. A heterodont animal.
  • n. Same as heterodon, 2.

Etymologies

hetero- + -odont (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Its most unusual feature, however, is its dentition: it was regarded by its describers as being heterodont.

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  • Carcharodon is actually quite heterodont: the upper jaw teeth are wider and stouter than the lower jaw teeth, the teeth decrease markedly in size towards the corners of the mouth, and the crown of the third upper jaw tooth is short compared to its neighbours, and has

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