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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.
(Palaeontology) any of various small Palaeozoic toothlike fossils derived from an extinct eel-like marine animal
[C19: from Greek kōnos cone + odont]
co•no•dont(ˈkoʊ nəˌdɒnt, ˈkɒn ə-)
a toothlike Paleozoic and early Mesozoic microfossil, representing the remains of small eellike marine animals of the order Conodonta.
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|Noun||1.||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