Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A herbivorous dinosaur of the genus Triceratops, of the Cretaceous Period, having a bony plate covering the neck, a large horn above either eye, and a smaller horn on the nose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Common name of the extinct genus Triceratops; a herbivorous ceratopsid from the late Cretaceous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of predentate dinosaurs belonging to the family Ceratopsidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. huge ceratopsian dinosaur having three horns and the neck heavily armored with a very solid frill

Etymologies

New Latin Tricerātōps, genus name : Greek tri-, tri- + Greek keras, kerāt-, horn; + Greek ōps, eye, face.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin, from Ancient Greek τρί-, stem of τρεῖς (treis, "three") + κέρατ-, stem of κέρας (keras, "horn") + ὤψ (ops, "face"). (Wiktionary)

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