Tuatara meaning

to͝oə-tärə
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Either of two lizardlike reptiles (Sphenodon punctatus or S. guntheri) that inhabit several small New Zealand islands and are the only extant members of the group Rhynchocephalia or Sphenodontia, which flourished during the Mesozoic Era.
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Either of two primitive, amphibious, lizardlike reptiles (Sphenodon punctatus or S. guntheri) of the SW Pacific, with a row of spines along the back and a well-developed third eye: they are the only rhynchocephalians still in existence.
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Either of two reptiles, Sphenodon punctatus or Sphenodon guntheri, native to New Zealand, that resemble lizards.
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Origin of tuatara

  • Maori tuatara tua back tara spine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Maori tuatara.

    From Wiktionary