Definition of teleodont in English:



  • 1Palaeontology designating a complex form of toothed hinge found in shells of bivalve molluscs (rare).

  • 2Entomology designating the largest form of the mandibles occurring in certain beetles, especially male stag beetles (family Lucanidae), or a beetle bearing such mandibles; contrasted with mesodont and "priodont"; compare earlier "telodont".


Late 19th century; earliest use found in William Healey Dall (1845–1927), natural historian, paleontologist, and malacologist.