allosaur

noun
al·​lo·​saur | \ ˈa-lə-ˌsȯr How to pronounce allosaur (audio) \

Definition of allosaur

: any of a family (Allosauridae) of large theropod dinosaurs usually having three clawed digits on each arm and leg and living from the Late Jurassic to the early Cretaceous period especially : allosaurus

Examples of allosaur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That right time began about 100 million years ago, when a period of intense volcanic activity caused a mini-mass extinction in the Northern Hemisphere, killing many of the larger dinosaurs, including allosaurs, the apex predators of their day. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "Tyrannosaurus Rex: Scary. Smart. Social?," 12 Apr. 2019 There's some evidence that tyrannosaurs may have been faster and more agile than other groups of large predatory dinosaurs, such as the earlier allosaurs. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "World's biggest T. rex discovered," 26 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of allosaur

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Allosaur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allosaur. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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