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[sawr-ee-uh n] /ˈsɔr i ən/
belonging or pertaining to the Sauria, a group of reptiles originally including the lizards, crocodiles, and several extinct forms but now technically restricted to the lizards.
resembling a lizard.
a saurian animal, as a dinosaur or lizard.
Origin of saurian
1800-10; < New Latin Sauri(a) an order of reptiles + -an; see -saur Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for saurian
Historical Examples
  • But the features were nonhuman, closer to saurian in contour.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • "Slow her down, Wales," said Scott, after he had observed the situation of the saurian.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • By the time he laid hold of it, however, the saurian was no longer on dry ground.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • For some weeks the saurian eye had been on the two secret creatures.

  • By the time he laid hold of it, however, the saurian, was no longer on dry ground.

  • "It's worse than that," he whispered, as if afraid of attracting the saurian's attention.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • They are principally of the crocodile, and saurian (or lizard) families.

  • But without bothering to have it set aside, come with me and let this saurian get another.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
  • His poetry looks as if it were written, nevertheless, by a saurian with one of his fins.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • Of the two, Samba and the crocodile, it was the saurian that first recovered his wits.

    Samba Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for saurian


of, relating to, or resembling a lizard
of, relating to, or belonging to the Sauria, a former suborder of reptiles (now called Lacertilia), which included the lizards
a former name for lizard
Word Origin
C15: from New Latin Sauria, from Greek sauros
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Word Origin and History for saurian

reptile of the order Sauria, 1819, from Modern Latin sauria "the order of reptiles," from Greek sauros "lizard" (see -saurus). Sauropod is 1891, from Modern Latin sauropoda (O.C. Marsh, 1884), second element from Greek pous "foot" (see foot (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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saurian in Science
A lizard or similar reptile.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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