Definition of Ornitholestes
: a genus of small light-boned carnivorous dinosaurs of the Jurassic with small skull, slender neck, and long slim fingers
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Origin and Etymology of ornitholestes
New Latin, from ornith- + Greek lēistēs robber; akin to Latin lucrum gain — more at lucre
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