One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having a skull in which the palatoquadrate element of the upper jaw is attached to or fused with the cranium; designating a jaw or skull with suspension of this kind, found in dipnoan and chimaeroid fishes and in tetrapods.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Huxley (1825–1895), biologist and science educationist. From auto- + ancient Greek στῦλος pillar + -ic.
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