plural noun
Sau·​ria | \ ˈsȯrēə \

Definition of Sauria

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 in former classifications : a division of Reptilia comprising the lizards, crocodilians, and various extinct elongated limbed reptiles that superficially resemble lizards
2 in some classifications : a suborder of Squamata coextensive with Lacertilia


noun plural combining form
-sau·​ria | \ ˈsȯrēə \

Definition of -sauria (Entry 2 of 2)

: lizards : animals resembling lizards—in names of higher taxa Pterosauria Ankylosauria

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History and Etymology for Sauria

Plural noun

New Latin, from saurus lizard (from Greek saura, sauros horse mackerel, lizard) + -ia; akin to Greek saulos straddling, waddling, saukros delicate, graceful, psaukros nimble, psauein to touch, graze, and probably to Greek psēn to rub

Noun plural combining form

New Latin, from -saurus + -ia

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