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Word of the Day – Herpetofauna

By April 15, 2021Word of the Day

Herpetofauna (noun) (zoology)

hur-peto-for-na

The reptiles and amphibians of a particular region, habitat, or geological period.

Modern Latin, from Greek herpeton ‘creeping thing, reptile’ + fauna.

Example sentences

“The aquatic herpetofauna of the Hudson River.”

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