Definition of Squamata in English:

Squamata

plural noun

Zoology
  • A large order of reptiles which comprises the snakes, lizards, and worm lizards.

    • ‘Chromoviruses have been detected in the earliest reptilian lineage, the Squamata (snakes and lizards), and in crocodiles but not in the genomes of turtles.’
    • ‘Three fundamental modes of intraoral prey transport are recognized within Squamata.’
    • ‘Evidently, the ecology of snake origins must remain an open question until their sister-group relationships within Squamata have been determined.’
    • ‘The Squamata were traditionally divided into two suborders - Lacertilia and Ophidia (snakes).’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Latin squama scale.

Pronunciation:

Squamata

/skwəˈmɑːtə/