One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Belonging to, characteristic of, or designating the order Cotylosauria of extinct reptiles.
A reptile of the order Cotylosauria; a cotylosaur. Now rare.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. From scientific Latin Cotylosauria, order name + -an. With use as noun compare slightly earlier cotylosaur.
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