One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(Of a tooth) occurring in only a single dentition; (of a dentition) occurring in an animal as the only dentition.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Owen (1804–1892), comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. From ancient Greek μονοϕυής single + -odont, after ancient Greek (Ionic) ὀδόντας μουνοϕυέας (Herodotus 9.83), in a description of a human skull where the teeth of the upper jaw are formed in one piece.
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