triceratops

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noun tri·cer·a·tops \(ˌ)trī-ˈser-ə-ˌtäps\

Definition of triceratops

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triceratops

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triceratopses

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  1. :  any of a genus (Triceratops) of large herbivorous quadrupedal ceratopsian dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous with three horns, a bony hood or crest on the neck, and hoofed toes

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The name triceratops, meaning literally "three-horned face", refers to the two horns above its eyes and the smaller third horn on its snout. Just as striking was the frilled hood or ruff that rose behind its head, though no one is quite sure what it was for. The triceratops was one of the last dinosaurs to evolve and also one of the last to become extinct. It could reach lengths of 30 feet and could stand nearly eight feet high. Despite its ferocious looks and three-foot-long horns, the triceratops was actually a vegetarian.

Origin and Etymology of triceratops

New Latin, from tri- + Greek kerat-, keras horn + ōps face — more at horn, eye


First Known Use: 1892


TRICERATOPS Defined for English Language Learners

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noun tri·cer·a·tops \(ˌ)trī-ˈser-ə-ˌtäps\

Definition of triceratops for English Language Learners

  • : a large dinosaur that had three horns on its head and that ate plants


TRICERATOPS Defined for Kids

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noun tri·cer·a·tops \trī-ˈser-ə-ˌtäps\

Definition of triceratops for Students

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triceratops

  1. :  a large plant-eating dinosaur with three horns, a large bony crest around the neck, and hoofed toes


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