from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various extinct, often gigantic, carnivorous or herbivorous reptiles of the orders Saurischia and Ornithischia that were chiefly terrestrial and existed during the Mesozoic Era.
- n. A relic of the past: "living dinosaurs of the world of vegetation” ( John Olmsted).
- n. One that is hopelessly outmoded or unwieldy: "The old, big-city teaching hospital is a dinosaur” ( Peggy Breault).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various extinct reptiles belonging to the Dinosauria, existing between about 230 million and 65 million years ago.
- n. A person or organisation which is very old or has very old-fashioned views or is not willing to change and adapt.
- n. Anything that is no longer in common use or practice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the Dinosauria.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the Dinosauria. Also spelled deinosaur.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous extinct terrestrial reptiles of the Mesozoic era
The name dinosaur comes from the Greek words for monstrous lizard.
The term "dinosaur" derived from the English paleontologist Richard Owen in 1842 and in essence it means "terrible, powerful, wondrous lizard."
The term dinosaur was invented by Sir Richard Owen in 1842 to describe a large extinct reptile.
The replica dinosaur is almost 6 feet tall and uses tens of thousands of bricks.
Mick sighed dramatically, as he often did when confronted with what he called my dinosaur tendencies.
It was given to the Natural History Museum by renowned fossil hunter Sir Richard Owen who helped found the museum and famously coined the word "dinosaur".
Sir Richard Owen - the man who coined the word "dinosaur."
The name dinosaur, meaning terrible lizard, represents an order of fossil reptiles.
It was okay as a novel (but not especially original) and fine as a film (even if it was scientifically implausible), but the threat of being eaten by a dinosaur is a hardy one, and as Transformers proved (the eighties incarnation, not the Michael Bay war crime), talking dinosaurs are fucking brilliant.
Hoodathunk (sponsored by the FSM, Noodles for Freedom!) says: usurpataneous: a small dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period.