protoceratops

noun
pro·​to·​cer·​a·​tops | \ ˌprō-(ˌ)tō-ˈser-ə-ˌtäps How to pronounce protoceratops (audio) \

Definition of protoceratops

: any of a genus (Protoceratops) of small herbivorous ceratopsian dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous that lacked horns

First Known Use of protoceratops

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for protoceratops

New Latin, from prot- + Ceratops, a genus — more at ceratopsian

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about protoceratops

Time Traveler for protoceratops

Time Traveler

The first known use of protoceratops was in 1979

See more words from the same year

Statistics for protoceratops

Cite this Entry

“Protoceratops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protoceratops. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on protoceratops

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about protoceratops

Comments on protoceratops

What made you want to look up protoceratops? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!