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saurischian

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noun saur·is·chi·an \(ˌ)sȯ-ˈris-kē-ən\

Definition of saurischian

  1. :  any of an order (Saurischia) of herbivorous or carnivorous dinosaurs that have the pubis of the pelvis typically pointed downward and forward and that include the sauropods and theropods — compare ornithischian

saurischian adjective


Origin of saurischian

New Latin Saurischia, ultimately from Greek sauros lizard + New Latin ischium ischium


First Known Use: circa 1889


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