ornithopod

noun
or·​nith·​o·​pod | \ ȯr-ˈni-thə-ˌpäd How to pronounce ornithopod (audio) , ˈȯr-ni-thə- How to pronounce ornithopod (audio) \

Definition of ornithopod

: any of a suborder (Ornithopoda) of bipedal ornithischian dinosaurs (such as a hadrosaur) with digitigrade walking limbs usually having only three functional toes

Examples of ornithopod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pentland said that the Winton area, which is now comprised of sheep and cattle farms, was full of long-necked sauropods, carnivorous theropods (including T. rex), ankylosaurs, ornithopods, as well as pterosaurs. Fox News, "96M-year-old pterosaur nicknamed 'Butch' discovered in Australia," 3 Oct. 2019 The museum holds Australia’s largest opalized dinosaur skeleton, a portion of an ornithopod’s spine, skull, limbs and ribs, still partly encased in clay. Michelle Innis, New York Times, "An Australian Town’s Rare Mix: Dinosaur Bones and Opalized Pine Cones," 5 July 2016 Two limb bones — one from a subadult ornithopod dinosaur, and the other from a juvenile ornithopod dinosaur — show tooth marks. Brian Switek, WIRED, "The Nutcracker Croc of Cretaceous Texas," 2 Mar. 2012

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First Known Use of ornithopod

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ornithopod

ultimately from Greek ornith- + pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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The first known use of ornithopod was circa 1889

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“Ornithopod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornithopod. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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