One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or consisting of the palatine and quadrate bones or cartilages.
A bone of the upper jaw of some vertebrates, composed of a fused palatine and quadrate; (in certain fishes) a cartilage equivalent to this.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Huxley (1825–1895), biologist and science educationist.
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