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 (kō′nə-dŏnt′, kŏn′ə-)
1. Any of various small marine chordates of the group Conodonta of the Paleozoic Era and the Triassic Period, preserved primarily in the form of their conelike teeth.
2. A fossil tooth of this chordate. Conodonts are the most widespread Paleozoic microfossils and are important for biostratigraphic indexing.

[Greek kōnos, cone; see kō- in Indo-European roots + -odont.]


(ˈkəʊnədɒnt; ˈkɒn-)
(Palaeontology) any of various small Palaeozoic toothlike fossils derived from an extinct eel-like marine animal
[C19: from Greek kōnos cone + odont]


(ˈkoʊ nəˌdɒnt, ˈkɒn ə-)

a toothlike Paleozoic and early Mesozoic microfossil, representing the remains of small eellike marine animals of the order Conodonta.
[1855–60; < German Conodonten (pl.) < Greek kôn(os) cone + -odont -odont]
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Noun1.conodont - the tiny fossil cone-shaped tooth of a primitive vertebrate of order Conodonta
tooth - hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense
2.conodont - small (2 inches long) extinct eellike fish with a finned tail and a notochord and having cone-shaped teeth containing cellular bone; late Cambrian to late Triassic; possible predecessor of the cyclostomes
agnathan, jawless fish, jawless vertebrate - eel-shaped vertebrate without jaws or paired appendages including the cyclostomes and some extinct forms
Conodonta, Conodontophorida, order Conodonta, order Conodontophorida - extinct order of primitive vertebrates; the precise taxonomy is not clear; in some classifications considered a separate phylum
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