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[awr-nuh-thuh-pod, awr-nahy-thuh-]
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  1. any herbivorous dinosaur of the suborder Ornithopoda whose members usually walked erect on their hind legs.

Origin of ornithopod

First recorded in 1885–90, ornithopod is from the New Latin word Ornithopoda (plural). See ornitho-, -pod
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British Dictionary definitions for ornithopod


  1. any herbivorous typically bipedal ornithischian dinosaur of the suborder Ornithopoda, including the iguanodon
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Word Origin and History for ornithopod


1888, from Modern Latin Ornithopoda (1881), from ornitho- + Greek podos, genitive of pous "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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ornithopod in Science


  1. One of the main types of ornithischian dinosaurs, including the hadrosaurs. Ornithopods walked on their hind legs and had three blunt toes on each foot. They lived from the late Triassic Period until the end of the Cretaceous Period.
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