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2Palaeontology. Of or relating to the labyrinthine infolding of the dentine and enamel that is characteristic of the teeth of labyrinthodont amphibians; designating such teeth. Now rare.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Vicars (1580–1652), chronicler and poet. From post-classical Latin labyrinthicus tortuous, labyrinthine from classical Latin labyrinthus + -icus.
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