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A lungless salamander of the family Plethodontidae.
Of or relating to the family Plethodontidae of lungless salamanders.
1920s; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From scientific Latin Plethodontidae, family name from Plethodont-, taken as stem (after ancient Greek ὀδοντ-, ὀδούς tooth) of Plethodon, genus name + -idae.
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