Definition of Compsognathus
: 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
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Origin and Etymology of compsognathus
New Latin, from Greek kompso- (from kompsos elegant) + New Latin -gnathus -gnathous; probably akin to Lithuanian švankus proper
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