archosaur

noun
ar·cho·saur | \ ˈär-kə-ˌsȯr \

Definition of archosaur 

: any of a subclass (Archosauria) of reptiles comprising the dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and crocodilians

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archosaurian \ˌär-kə-ˈsȯr-ē-ən \ adjective or noun

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This came as a surprise, Stocker says, and indicates that the more complex, crocodile-type ankle shape was ancestral for archosaurs. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Before There Were Dinosaurs, There Was This Weird Crocodile-Looking Thing," 12 Apr. 2017 Looking at the diversity of living and extinct archosaurs Brian Switek, WIRED, "When Pseudo-Crocs Walked Tall," 8 Oct. 2010 Snakes and scaly lizards split from the archosaur before turtles and lack the red oil on their retinas. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Some Turtles See Red Better Than You Do," 19 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of archosaur

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for archosaur

New Latin Archosauria, from Greek archōn + sauros lizard

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