One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or consisting of the palatine, pterygoid, and quadrate bones or cartilages.
A bone of the upper jaw of some vertebrates, composed of a fused palatine, pterygoid, and quadrate; (in certain fishes) a cartilage equivalent to this.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in George Rolleston (1829–1881), physician and physiologist.
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