American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various reptiles of the suborder Sauria, which includes the lizards and in former classifications also the crocodiles and dinosaurs.
- adj. Of or relating to the Sauria.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging or relating to the Sauria, in any sense; having legs and scales, as a lizard; lacertiform; lacertilian.
- n. A member of the Sauria, in any sense; a scaly reptile with legs, as a lacertilian or lizard. Though the term Sauria once lapsed from any definite signification, in consequence of the popular application of Cuvier's loose use of the word, saurian is still used as a convenient designation of reptiles which are not amphibians, chelonians, ophidians, or crocodilians. See cuts under
- n. A reptile of the suborder Sauria; a lizard.
- adj. Pertaining to the Sauria.
- adj. Resembling a lizard.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to, or of the nature of, the Sauria.
- adj. of or relating to lizards
- n. any of various reptiles of the suborder Sauria which includes lizards; in former classifications included also the crocodiles and dinosaurs
- Late Latin *saurianus, from Ancient Greek σαύρα (saura, "lizard") (Wiktionary)
- From New Latin Sauria, suborder name, from saurus, lizard, from Greek sauros. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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