1. a combining form used in the names of extinct reptiles, especially archosaurs, usually Anglicized forms of Latin taxonomic names: dinosaur; pterosaur.

Origin of -saur

From the Greek word saûros lizard

Words Nearby -saur

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How to use -saur in a sentence

  • Saur was delighted with my work, and was anxious to teach me certain points.

    Piano Mastery | Harriette Brower
  • You didn't leave your wine-cellar unlocked, did you, saur, by no mistake?'

    The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy

British Dictionary definitions for -saur


n combining form
  1. lizard: dinosaur

Origin of -saur

from New Latin saurus

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