from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An arrangement of spikes found on the tails of various stegosaurs.
“And this part is called the thagomizer, after the late Thag Simmons” — Gary Larson, 1982
Unfortunately I don’t have time for further speculation… I’ve got to go tune the thagomizer on my dwarf stegosaur.
In fact, here’s a message board post that dates back to 1995 citing the use of “thagomizer” in the legitimate academic literature, and you can find it mentioned in other glossaries of paleontology terms.