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

  • adjective Having the teeth attached by their sides to the inner side of the jaw, as in some lizards.
  • noun A lizard with pleurodont teeth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Ankylosed to the side of the socket, as teeth; laterally fixed in the jaw: distinguished from acrodont.
  • Having or characterized by pleurodont teeth or dentition, as a lizard; belonging to the Pleurodontes; not acrodont: as, a pleurodont reptile.
  • noun A pleurodont lizard; a member of the Pleurodontes.

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

  • adjective (Anat.) Having the teeth consolidated with the inner edge of the jaw, as in some lizards.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Any lizard having pleurodont teeth.

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

  • adjective zoology Having the teeth fused (ankylosed) by their sides to the inner surface of the jawbones.
  • noun zoology Any lizard with teeth of this kind.

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

  • noun an animal having teeth fused with the inner surface of the alveolar ridge without sockets


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  • Now pleurodont iguanian lizards abound in the South American region; but nowhere else, and are not as yet known to inhabit any part of the present continent of Africa.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Yet pleurodont lizards, strange to say, are found in Madagascar.

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  • "...the lizard, having been stared at for twenty minutes, suddenly lost its head, rushed up the tree, fell together with a long strip of loose bark, stood open-mouthed, defying them for a moment, and then raced away over the grass, high on its short legs.

    'He was a pleurodont,' said Martin.

    'So he was. And he had a forked tongue, too: one of the monitory kind, for sure.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 334

    March 9, 2008