Definition of denticle in English:

denticle

noun

Zoology
  • A small tooth or toothlike projection.

    • ‘With the possible exception of this small missing portion of the jaw, there are no other teeth or denticles on the prearticular.’
    • ‘The mother later returns, repeatedly, to each of her tadpoles, which have reduced beaks and denticles, and deposits unfertilized eggs for them to eat.’
    • ‘The other teeth do not show denticles because they are not well preserved.’
    • ‘The remains consist of isolated teeth, spines, and dermal denticles.’
    • ‘Near the base of the teeth, the denticles are less strongly pointed, and may become rounded.’
    fang, denticulation
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a pointer on an astrolabe): from Latin denticulus, diminutive of dens, dent- tooth.

Pronunciation:

denticle

/ˈden(t)ək(ə)l/