from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bone or ossicle developed in the skin of an animal. Typical examples are the bony plates of crocodiles and the ossicles of the great extinct sloth, the Grypotherium.

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  • noun anatomy A bony deposit in the dermal layers of the skin


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  • Pakasuchus's body was not as heavily protected with osteoderm (bone deposits in scales) as modern and ancient crocodiles. Biology 2010


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