Rha"chi*o*dont (?), a. [Gr. "ra`chis, -ios, the spine + , , a tooth.] Zool.

Having gular teeth formed by a peculiar modification of the inferior spines of some of the vertebrae, as certain South African snakes (Dasypelits) which swallow birds' eggs and use these gular teeth to crush them.


© Webster 1913.

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