Definition of Odontoceti in English:

Odontoceti

plural noun

Zoology
  • A division of the whales that comprises the toothed whales.

    Suborder Odontoceti, order Cetacea

    • ‘The extant sub-orders are the Mysticeti (baleen whales) and the Odontoceti (toothed whales).’
    • ‘Modern whales may be divided into two subgroups: the Odontoceti (toothed whales) and the Mysticeti (baleen whales).’
    • ‘In the Late Oligocene, a fundamental split occurred between the Odontoceti and the Mysticeti.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek odous, odont- ‘tooth’ + ceti ‘of a whale’ (genitive of cetus, from Greek kētos ‘whale’).

Pronunciation

Odontoceti

/əʊˌdɒntə(ʊ)ˈsiːti/