One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large order of reptiles which comprises the snakes, lizards, and worm lizards.
- ‘The Squamata were traditionally divided into two suborders - Lacertilia and Ophidia (snakes).’
- ‘Three fundamental modes of intraoral prey transport are recognized within Squamata.’
- ‘Chromoviruses have been detected in the earliest reptilian lineage, the Squamata (snakes and lizards), and in crocodiles but not in the genomes of turtles.’
- ‘Evidently, the ecology of snake origins must remain an open question until their sister-group relationships within Squamata have been determined.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Latin squama ‘scale’.
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