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hypsilophodontid

Definitions

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  • n. An informal grouping of small ornithopod dinosaurs, regarded as fast, herbivorous bipeds on the order of 1–2 meters long (3.3-6.6 feet).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the Hypsilophodontidæ.
  • Of or pertaining to the Hypsilophodontidæ.

Etymologies

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Named after the Hypsilophus genus of iguana lizard, literally meaning "high-crested tooth".

Examples

  • In fact, the name 'hypsilophodontid' means 'high-ridge tooth,' which refers to the characteristic self-sharpening teeth of these animals.

    Jurassic Park

  • At some point, Leaellynasaura, a Lower Cretaceous hypsilophodontid from Victoria, Australia, was described as a carnivore when it, like all hypsilophodontids, is actually an herbivore.

    Entry #1,909

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