Definitions

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

  • noun A stegosaurian dinosaur of the genus Stegosaurus of the Jurassic Period, having large upright plates along the back and two pairs of spikes on the tail.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The typical genus of Stegosauridæ. It contained species some 30 feet long, mailed with enormous bucklers and spines.
  • noun [lowercase] A dinosaur of this genus.

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

  • noun (Paleon.) A genus of large Jurassic dinosaurs remarkable for a powerful dermal armature of plates and spines.

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  • noun A stegosaur

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

  • noun herbivorous ornithischian dinosaur with a row of bony plates along its back and a spiked tail probably used as a weapon

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Stegosaurus, genus name : Greek stegos, roof; see stegodon + Greek sauros, lizard.]

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From the genus name Stegosaurus

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    May 1, 2007

  • The name Stegosaurus means "roof-lizard" and is derived from the Greek στέγος-, stegos- ("roof") and σαῦ�?ος, -sauros ("lizard").

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    February 24, 2008

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