Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various herbivorous quadrupedal ornithischian dinosaurs of the group Ceratopsia of the Cretaceous Period, having a beaked mouth, usually a bony frill on the back of the skull, and sometimes horns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun any of several four-footed herbivorous horned dinosaurs with enormous beaked skulls, of the late Cretaceous in North America and Mongolia.

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  • adjective Of or belonging to the Ceratopsia suborder of dinosaurs.
  • noun Any member of this suborder

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

  • noun any of several four-footed herbivorous dinosaurs with enormous beaked skulls; of the late Cretaceous in North America and Mongolia

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Cerātōpsia, suborder name : Greek keras, kerāt-, horn; see ker- in Indo-European roots + Greek ōps, eye, face; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • The fossils, found in Northwest Alberta, Canada, revealed a herd of so-called ceratopsian dinosaurs that perished together.

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  • The fossils, found in Northwest Alberta, Canada, revealed a herd of so-called ceratopsian dinosaurs that perished together.

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  • Canada, revealed a herd of so-called ceratopsian dinosaurs that perished together.

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  • Coahuilaceratops is a chasmosaurine ceratopsid, often called a "ceratopsian" or "horned" dinosaur, and was almost certainly an herbivore.

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  • So, here I am still excited by Limusaurus, the herbivorous ceratosaurid, and up pops a previously unknown form of the speciose ceratopsian genus Psittacosaurus (presently 10-11 valid species known), from the Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia.

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  • We're calling it ART Evolved: Life's Time Capsule, and our first theme is ceratopsian dinosaurs.

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  • Edit: I asked Dr. Ukrainsky in an email what he meant by "Nedo" and this was his response: "Russian prefix "nedo" insufficiency sensu lato means, that this ceratopsian has lack: nasal horn absent."

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  • The ceratopsian name 'Diceratops' Lull, 1905 was preoccupied by a member of the Hymenoptera insects.

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  • In early 2008 Octavio Mateus published a name change in the genus of the ceratopsian Diceratops to Diceratus.

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  • I spoke with Dr. Ukrainsky in an email what he meant by "Nedo" and this was his response: "Russian prefix "nedo" insufficiency sensu lato means, that this ceratopsian has lack: nasal horn absent."

    Insufficiency!?!

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