ceratopsian

noun
cer·​a·​top·​sian | \ ˌsər-ə-ˈtäp-sē-ən How to pronounce ceratopsian (audio) \

Definition of ceratopsian

: any of a suborder (Ceratopsia) of ornithischian dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous having horns, a sharp horny beak, and a bony frill projecting backward from the skull

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ceratopsian adjective

Examples of ceratopsian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dino Hunters With winter looming, Clayton and Luke race to excavate two massive triceratops skulls, while the Harris-Bolan crew searches for a missing femur from their rare ceratopsian. Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 The dinosaur belonged to the ceratopsians, which were plant-eaters that included the iconic Triceratops. Fox News, 1 May 2020 A few months later, amateur paleontologist Clayton Phipps discovered a 22-foot-long carnivorous theropod and a 28-foot-long plant-eating ceratopsian believed to have died 66 million years ago. Amy Beth Hanson, SFChronicle.com, 9 Nov. 2019 A few months later, amateur paleontologist Clayton Phipps discovered a 22-foot-long carnivorous theropod and a 28-foot-long plant-eating ceratopsian believed to have died 66 million years ago. Author: Amy Beth Hanson, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2019 A few months later, amateur paleontologist Clayton Phipps discovered a 22-foot-long carnivorous theropod and a 28-foot-long plant-eating ceratopsian believed to have died 66 million years ago. Amy Beth Hanson, SFChronicle.com, 9 Nov. 2019 A few months later, amateur paleontologist Clayton Phipps discovered a 22-foot-long carnivorous theropod and a 28-foot-long plant-eating ceratopsian believed to have died 66 million years ago. Author: Amy Beth Hanson, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2019 A few months later, amateur paleontologist Clayton Phipps discovered a 22-foot-long carnivorous theropod and a 28-foot-long plant-eating ceratopsian believed to have died 66 million years ago. Amy Beth Hanson, SFChronicle.com, 9 Nov. 2019 A few months later, amateur paleontologist Clayton Phipps discovered a 22-foot-long carnivorous theropod and a 28-foot-long plant-eating ceratopsian believed to have died 66 million years ago. Author: Amy Beth Hanson, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of ceratopsian

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ceratopsian

New Latin Ceratopsia, from Ceratops, a genus, from Greek kerat-, keras horn + ōps face — more at horn, eye

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The first known use of ceratopsian was in 1909

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“Ceratopsian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceratopsian. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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