American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various extinct, often gigantic, carnivorous or herbivorous reptiles of the orders Saurischia and Ornithischia that were chiefly terrestrial and existed during the Mesozoic Era.
- n. A relic of the past: "living dinosaurs of the world of vegetation” ( John Olmsted).
- n. One that is hopelessly outmoded or unwieldy: "The old, big-city teaching hospital is a dinosaur” ( Peggy Breault).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the Dinosauria. Also spelled deinosaur.
- n. Any of various extinct reptiles belonging to the Dinosauria, existing between about 230 million and 65 million years ago.
- n. figuratively, colloquial A person or organisation which is very old or has very old-fashioned views or is not willing to change and adapt.
- n. figuratively, colloquial Anything that is no longer in common use or practice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Paleon.) One of the Dinosauria.
- n. any of numerous extinct terrestrial reptiles of the Mesozoic era
- From Ancient Greek δεινός (deinos, "terrible, awesome, mighty, fearfully great") + σαῦρος (sauros, "lizard, reptile"). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Dīnosauria, group name, from Dīnosaurus, former genus name : Greek deinos, monstrous + Greek sauros, lizard. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The name dinosaur comes from the Greek words for monstrous lizard.”
“The term "dinosaur" derived from the English paleontologist Richard Owen in 1842 and in essence it means "terrible, powerful, wondrous lizard.”
“The term dinosaur was invented by Sir Richard Owen in 1842 to describe a large extinct reptile.”
“The replica dinosaur is almost 6 feet tall and uses tens of thousands of bricks.”
“Mick sighed dramatically, as he often did when confronted with what he called my dinosaur tendencies.”
“It was given to the Natural History Museum by renowned fossil hunter Sir Richard Owen who helped found the museum and famously coined the word "dinosaur".”
“Sir Richard Owen - the man who coined the word "dinosaur.”
“The name dinosaur, meaning terrible lizard, represents an order of fossil reptiles.”
“It was okay as a novel (but not especially original) and fine as a film (even if it was scientifically implausible), but the threat of being eaten by a dinosaur is a hardy one, and as Transformers proved (the eighties incarnation, not the Michael Bay war crime), talking dinosaurs are fucking brilliant.”
“Hoodathunk (sponsored by the FSM, Noodles for Freedom!) says: usurpataneous: a small dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘dinosaur’.
Movies or TV shows where the titles are also common words, generally one-word titles.
Unabashedly stolen from a comment made by courier12.
Names of animals that are also used to describe kinds of people. Nouns only, preferably single word.
For a related list, see sionnach's beastly verbs.
Words used to create the names of Pokémon, which are usually portmanteaux.
If I've seen it, heard it, or marvelled at it, I'll stick it here.
Okay, I admit it. I made a list of words my daughter knew when she was two years old.
The descriptive science described.
I like the way that I talk.
These are some words that I like to use.
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