sau·​ri·​an | \ ˈsȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce saurian (audio) \

Definition of saurian

: any of a suborder (Sauria) of reptiles including the lizards and in older classifications the crocodiles and various extinct forms (such as the dinosaurs and ichthyosaurs) that resemble lizards

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Recent Examples on the Web Texas' alligator population, down to just a few thousand barely a half-century ago, currently stands at as many as a half-million, with the wetland-dependent saurians documented in 123 of the state's 254 counties. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land residents find a seven-foot gator under an SUV," 24 May 2018 Owen concluded that Megalosaurus, Iguanodon and a third species called Hylaeosaurus were all united by skeletal similarities in the hip to the exclusion of other saurians of the same time. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur?," 8 Dec. 2017 Dozens of schlock horror movies have banked on the terror of being snaffled up by the toothy saurians, but the reptilian ambush predators of Olduvai Gorge actually did paleontologists a valuable service. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Why Paleontologists Should Love Meat-Eaters," 30 Jan. 2017 This creature was a connecting point between saurians and birds, but where to draw the line? Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, "Paleo Profile: The Jianianhua Dragon," 8 May 2017 The fossils were originally excavated in the 1934 and briefly described nine years later, but experts didn't realize the significance of the saurian until the new study. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, "Paleo Profile: The Wyvern Dinosaur," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of saurian

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saurian

New Latin Sauria, from New Latin saurus lizard, from Greek sauros

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“Saurian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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