Definition of Squamata in English:

Squamata

plural noun

Zoology
  • A large order of reptiles which comprises the snakes, lizards, and worm lizards.

    • ‘Three fundamental modes of intraoral prey transport are recognized within Squamata.’
    • ‘The Squamata were traditionally divided into two suborders - Lacertilia and Ophidia (snakes).’
    • ‘Evidently, the ecology of snake origins must remain an open question until their sister-group relationships within Squamata have been determined.’
    • ‘Chromoviruses have been detected in the earliest reptilian lineage, the Squamata (snakes and lizards), and in crocodiles but not in the genomes of turtles.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Latin squama ‘scale’.

Pronunciation

Squamata

/skwāˈmädə/