sau·​ro·​pod | \ ˈsȯr-ə-ˌpäd How to pronounce sauropod (audio) \

Definition of sauropod

: any of a suborder (Sauropoda) of quadrupedal herbivorous saurischian dinosaurs (such as an apatosaurus) of the Jurassic and Cretaceous having a long neck and tail, small head, and 5-toed limbs on which they tended to walk in a digitigrade fashion

Other Words from sauropod

sauropod adjective

Examples of sauropod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists in Pombal, Portugal, have discovered the remains of a sauropod, one of Europe's largest dinosaurs known for their long necks and tails. CNN, 2 Sep. 2022 This particular sauropod, the scientists believe, stood 40 feet high and may have been 80 feet long from the tip of its tail to the tip of its nose. Ashley Stimpson, Popular Mechanics, 1 Sep. 2022 As for the elephant, its gait was actually the opposite of a sauropod. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2022 Fossils finds elsewhere revealed the earliest ankylosaur from Africa, a Chinese sauropod and the oldest carnivorous dinosaur to be found in the UK. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 About 80 years ago at the site, scientists found the first dinosaur bones there; they were suspected to be the remains of a large sauropod, a plant-eating dinosaur, Darrough said. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2021 In a report published in the journal PeerJ on Monday, scientists confirmed the finding of new dinosaurian fossils that came from a titanosaurian sauropod. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 The embryonic sauropod’s eyesight may have also been adapted to its independent youth. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2020 The Brachiosaurus thundered across our planet between 150.8 million and 155.7 million years ago, a soaring sauropod that may have stood more than 40 feet tall. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of sauropod

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sauropod

New Latin Sauropoda, from Greek sauros lizard + New Latin -poda

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“Sauropod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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