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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Dinosaur dispute in Montana asks whether fossils are minerals," 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, "Millions at stake in dinosaur fight: Are fossils minerals?," 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, "Dinosaur dispute in Montana asks whether fossils are minerals," 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, "Millions at stake in dinosaur fight: Are fossils minerals?," 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, "Dinosaur dispute in Montana asks whether fossils are minerals," 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, "Millions at stake in dinosaur fight: Are fossils minerals?," 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, "Dinosaur dispute in Montana asks whether fossils are minerals," 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, "Millions at stake in dinosaur fight: Are fossils minerals?," 8 Nov. 2019

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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 3 Apr. 2020.

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