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

Examples of sauropod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team suggests this means sauropods could have been cold-blooded. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2024 The outcrops contained fossilized footprints of theropod, sauropod, and Iguanodontia dinosaurs, all alive during the Early Cretaceous Period. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 9 Apr. 2024 The dinosaur tracks belong to theropods, sauropods, and iguanodontians, and are spread across three rock outcroppings in the Brazilian state of Paraíba. Isaac Schultz / Gizmodo, Quartz, 28 Mar. 2024 To reach their record sizes, sauropods underwent record growth. Michael D. D'emic, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2023 Fueled by plants The rapid growth rates of sauropods was partly due to their body temperatures. Kristi Curry Rogers, The Conversation, 7 Mar. 2024 Its brain was about the size of a walnut, which is more or less average for sauropods, Sereno says. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2024 Its huge arm swung back and forth, as stately as the neck of a sauropod. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 Its skull, robust and rigid, was possibly adapted to hunt massive sauropods found in its region. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sauropod was circa 1889

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“Sauropod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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