car·​no·​saur ˈkär-nə-ˌsȯr How to pronounce carnosaur (audio)
: any of a group (Carnosauria) of very large theropod dinosaurs (such as a tyrannosaur)

Word History


ultimately from Latin carn-, caro flesh + Greek sauros lizard

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carnosaur was in 1952

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Cite this Entry

“Carnosaur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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