Definition of -saurus

: reptile used in generic names in zoology allosaurustyrannosaurus

History and Etymology for -saurus

New Latin, borrowed from Greek saûros, saúra "lizard," probably of pre-Greek substratal origin

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“-saurus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-saurus. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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