conodont[kō′nə dänt′, kän′ə-]
Origin: Ger konodont < Gr kōnos, a wedge, cone + odous (gen. odontos), tooth
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- A member of an extinct group of small primitive fishlike chordates, preserved primarily in the form of their conelike teeth.
- A fossil tooth of this chordate. Conodonts are the most widespread Paleozoic microfossils and are important for biostratigraphic indexing.
Origin: Greek kōnos, cone; see kō- in Indo-European roots + -odont.
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