di·​no | \ ˈdī-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce dino (audio) \
plural dinos

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Recent Examples on the Web Sue Hendrickson found the larger dino, which is more than 40 feet long and 13 feet tall at the hip, in 1990. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "One of the biggest and most complete T. rex dinos ever will visit The Children's Museum," 13 Oct. 2020 The dino had massive, powerful jaws that could gobble up to 500 pounds of meat in a single bite. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Now You Can Buy a Real Friggin' T. Rex," 1 Oct. 2020 Catapulted into dino-fame by its inclusion in the Jurassic Park franchise, Spinosaurus was a fearsome, 50-foot-long predator that lived some 95 million years ago. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fossil Teeth Bolster Notion That Spinosaurus Was a ‘River Monster’," 28 Sep. 2020 The dino suffered from osteosarcoma, which causes tumors of immature bone tissue, frequently in the leg, Science reported. National Geographic, "What we know about airborne coronavirus," 12 Aug. 2020 Among the footprints, a team of researchers reveal in the journal PLOS One, were three-toed tracks belonging to various sizes of carnivorous theropods, a bipedal dino subgroup. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Dinosaur ‘Stomping Ground’ Surfaces on the Isle of Skye," 12 Mar. 2020 One of the strangest dinosaurs in the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park is the Dilophosaurus wetherilli, the dino responsible for Dennis Nedry’s untimely demise. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "The Dilophosaurus Is a Lot Different Than We Think," 10 July 2020 But the dino’s last meal had one more surprise for researchers: charcoal. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Exquisitely Preserved ‘Mona Lisa’ of Dinosaur Fossils Reveals Prehistoric Creature’s Last Meal," 4 June 2020 Instead, its discovery in a massive bone bed alongside other fossils suggested the dino was killed alongside a large herd by another persistent danger: a flood. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "Did dinosaurs get cancer? A new study says yes," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dino

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Oct 2020

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“Dino.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dino. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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