: a genus of very small carnivorous saurischian dinosaurs (suborder Theropoda) from the Upper Jurassic of Bavaria with long hind limbs and three-toed feet much like those of a bird

Word History


New Latin, from Greek kompso- (from kompsos elegant) + New Latin -gnathus -gnathous; probably akin to Lithuanian švankus proper

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“Compsognathus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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