stego·​sau·​rus | \ ˌste-gə-ˈsȯr-əs How to pronounce stegosaurus (audio) \

Definition of stegosaurus

: any of a genus (Stegosaurus) of stegosaurs known from the Upper Jurassic rocks especially of Colorado and Wyoming

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His budget-busting, $4 billion World Trade Center transit hub in lower Manhattan, which was supposed to resemble a bird but looks more like a stegosaurus, is the most notorious example. Blair Kamin,, "Calatrava sculpture on the riverfront: Analysis," 9 May 2018 First a Tyrannosaurus rex appeared on the table, followed by a velociraptor and a stegosaurus. Kate Elizabeth Queram, Howard County Times, "In a Howard County classroom, dinosaurs, chariots and tornadoes become lifelike," 30 Mar. 2018 The park will bring a new stegosaurus fossil cast to its museum around the same time, the Daily Record reported. Derek Hawkins,, "Giant animatronic T-rex goes up in dramatic flames in Colorado," 23 Mar. 2018 Floor-to-ceiling windows framed an industrial wasteland spotted by neon Prada signs — a cartoon ape, hanging by one arm; a bunch of bananas; a stegosaurus — and the floor had been polished to a dark mirror, creating a vertiginous disorientation. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "At Fendi and Prada, Moving Beyond the Shoulder Pad," 23 Feb. 2018 There were stegosauruses, apatosauruses, a T-rex, but the parasaurolophus, in all its weird glory, was always my favorite. Katherine Clover, The Cut, "The Silly Tattoo That Got Me Through My Worst Breakup," 15 Feb. 2018 In conclusion: An absurd number of punts are being fumbled, and Jurassic Park needed more stegosauruses, which is the best dinosaur. Gary Gramling,, "Reassessing the QB Market in a Garoppolo-49ers World, the Browns and the Worst of Both Worlds, Deshaun Watson and the World of the Future," 4 Nov. 2017 Most people associate geological layers with eras long gone: paleontologists digging up fossils of stegosauruses or ancient corals, the stunning layered lines of the Grand Canyon giving testimony to the billions of years of life on Earth. Starre Vartan, Slate Magazine, "Humans Produce So Much Junk, We Are Creating a New Geological Layer," 29 Mar. 2017 And another tiny stegosaurus turned up last year inside Steggie, the museum's iconic statue. Grant Segall,, "Carl Jara sculpts sand, makes Natural History exhibits with hidden cheeseburgers: My Cleveland (photos, video))," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of stegosaurus

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stegosaurus

New Latin, from Greek stegos roof + sauros lizard — more at thatch

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The first known use of stegosaurus was in 1892

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stego·​sau·​rus | \ ˌste-gə-ˈsȯr-əs How to pronounce stegosaurus (audio) \

Kids Definition of stegosaurus

: a large plant-eating dinosaur with bony plates along its back and tail and with spikes at the end of the tail

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