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  • A mere 150 years after English anatomist Richard Owen named them (from the Greek words deinos, or terrible, and sauros, lizard), these ancient reptiles are finally getting some respect.

    New Theories And Old Bones Reveal The Lifestyle Of The Dinosaur

  • August 2, 1841: While making a speech in Plymouth, England, Richard Owen combines the Greek words deinos (fearfully great) and sauros (lizard) and introduces the word “dinosaur” to describe fossilized reptiles.

    In the Belly of the Beast

  • [Greek: Thambos] is in Greek either fear or wonder; [Greek: deinos] is terrible or respectable; [Greek: ahideo], to reverence or to fear.

    On the Sublime and Beautiful

  • There he isn't a clever (deinos) speaker, unless cleverness consists in speaking the truth

    Plato on Friendship and Eros

  • Dino is a form of word taken from the Greek, _deinos_ meaning terrible and mighty, from its root _deos_, which means fear.

    The Boy Ranchers at Spur Creek or Fighting the Sheep Herders

  • [Greek: deinos], we suppose -- that is, "not to be trifled with."

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844

  • '[Greek: Alloi men hippôn] (says the grave Antoninus) [Greek: alloi de orneôn, alloi thêriôn ebôsin: emoi de bibliôn ktêseôs ek paidoiriou deinos entetêke pothos].'] [Footnote 200: See Pope's _Windsor Forest_, ver. 110 to

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance

  • For when they hear that the son of such an one who was a covetous and grasping man, or (e tou deinos instead of en; tou deinos) the wife of such an one who did many tyrannical actions, after the death of her husband endured afflictions without end; the injured persons setting upon the wife and the children, and a general war being raised from all quarters against his house; although a man be the most senseless of beings, yet expecting himself also to suffer the same, and fearing for his own lest they undergo the same fate, he will become more moderate.

    NPNF1-12. Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians

  • {deinos Erôs, deinos; ti de to pleon, ên palin eipô, kai palin, oimôzôn pollaki, deinos Erôs?}

    Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age

  • "dinosaur" was coined in 1842 by British comparative anatomist Richard Owen, from the Greek words deinos meaning "terrible" and sauros meaning "lizard" or



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  • The truest Greek autantonym, meaning both awesome, awful, terrible, terrific, horrible, horrific, amazing, astounding, shocking, disgusting, in all the meanings of all those words. English cognate in deinos + sauros (lizard)

    August 14, 2008