from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of the largest land animals to ever walk the earth; an apatosaurus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of large sauropod American dinosaurs of the jurassic era, or an individual of that genus. A length of sixty feet is believed to have been attained by these reptiles. The genus is also called Apatosaurus, and individuals of the genus are also called brontosaurs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of huge fossil dinosaurian reptiles, notable for their small head and diminutive brain-cavity, the whole skull not exceeding some of the neck-bones in size. One species was about 50 feet long, and probably weighed 20 tons or more.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. huge quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaur common in North America in the late Jurassic
The name brontosaurus is not correct as the animal formerly called that turned out to be actually an apatosaurus with the head of a camarasaurus.
I grew up thinking the brontosaurus was a major player.
The sauropods include many of the best known prehistoric animals, such as diplodocus and apatosaurus – the dinosaur formerly known as brontosaurus.
The brontosaurus is the lone survivor of a "Pre-History Trail" opened at the Murray Avenue museum in 1967.
Re: The large dinosaurs identified as "brontosaurus" on Page 12:
The character who identified the "brontosaurus" was a WWII pilot.
I even also know that paleontologists (folks who study dinosaurs) decided that a dinosaur that was once called a brontosaurus (a very nice name) shouldn’t be called brontosaurus anymore, and changed it to apatosaurus (a kind of ugly name).
They patiently explained that a brontosaurus is a quite enormous dinosaur who lives in forests, not in people’s houses.
I did find the "brontosaurus" beef ribs I was looking for - and even better, they were part of a reasonably-priced dinner for two that ended up feeding us for not just two, but four meals.
Now scientifically obsolete ( "brontosaurus" is now called "apatosaurus," for example), the old trail has been abandoned for several years.