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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A swift-running bipedal carnivorous American Jurassic dinosaur allied to the European Megalosaurus. The animal was nearly twenty feet in length, and the skull bears a bony short horn between the nostrils on the united nasal bones. See Illustration in Appendix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of dinosaurian reptiles of great size, from the Upper Jurassic rocks of Colorado.

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

  • n. primitive medium-sized theropod; swift-running bipedal carnivorous dinosaur having grasping hands with sharp claws and a short horn between the nostrils; Jurassic in North America

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