Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having teeth attached to the edge of the jawbone without sockets.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of those lizards which have the teeth attached by their bases to the edge of the jaw, without bony alveoli on either the inner or the outer side.
  • Pertaining to or resembling an acrodont; having that arrangement of the teeth which characterizes an acrodont: as, an acrodont lizard; acrodont dentition.
  • Having the characters of the Acrodonta, or heterodontoid fishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of a group of lizards having the teeth immovably united to the top of the alveolar ridge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective having teeth immovably united to the top of the alveolar ridge
  • noun One of a group of lizards having the teeth immovably united to the top of the alveolar ridge

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an animal having teeth consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge without sockets

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[acr(o)– + –odont.]

Examples

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  • 1. Having the teeth attached to the upper surface of the jaw rather than encased in a socket, a condition seen in many lizards and fish.

    2. The teeth of some reptiles that have no roots and are joined to the jawbone.

    January 10, 2008

  • Next time I want to call someone a reptile, I'm going to call him an acrodont instead.

    Thanks sionnach.

    January 10, 2008