diapsid reptile


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Noun1.diapsid reptile - reptile having a pair of openings in the skull behind each eye
reptile, reptilian - any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia including tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and extinct forms
Sphenodon punctatum, tuatara - only extant member of the order Rhynchocephalia of large spiny lizard-like diapsid reptiles of coastal islands off New Zealand
saurian - any of various reptiles of the suborder Sauria which includes lizards; in former classifications included also the crocodiles and dinosaurs
archosaur, archosaurian, archosaurian reptile - extinct reptiles including: dinosaurs; plesiosaurs; pterosaurs; ichthyosaurs; thecodonts
crocodilian, crocodilian reptile - extant archosaurian reptile
ophidian, serpent, snake - limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
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One major difference between anapsid and diapsid reptiles is in the cheek or temporal area of the skull.