Definition of palaeophis in US English:

palaeophis

noun

  • A primitive snake of the extinct genus Palaeophis, of the late Cretaceous or early Tertiary. Also (in form Palaeophis): the genus itself.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Owen (1804–1892), comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. From scientific Latin Palaeophis, genus name from palaeo- + ancient Greek ὄϕις serpent.

Pronunciation

palaeophis

/pəˈliːə(ʊ)fɪs/