noun, plural bron·to·sau·rus·es, bron·to·sau·ri [bron-tuh-sawr-ahy]. /ˌbrɒn təˈsɔr aɪ/.
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Example sentences from the Web for brontosaurus
He would not have been surprised to see a brontosaurus peeking coyly down at him from twenty feet or so of neck.
It was just the sort of place any self-respecting brontosaurus would have wallowed in.
It appears that at the annual fancy-dress ball all the inhabitants clubbed together and went as a Brontosaurus.
Yes—the chinless gentleman with gentle brown and protruding eyes and the expression of a tame brontosaurus.The Younger Set|Robert W. Chambers
This intelligent animal (believed to be the female of the Brontosaurus) was probably seeking a change of headgear.
British Dictionary definitions for brontosaurus
Word Origin for brontosaurus
Scientific definitions for brontosaurus
Take a little deception, add a little excitement, stir them with a century-long mistake, and you have the mystery of the brontosaurus. Specifically, you have the mystery of its name. For 100 years this 70-foot-long, 30-ton vegetarian giant had two names. This case of double identity began in 1877, when bones of a large dinosaur were discovered. The creature was dubbed apatosaurus, a name that meant deceptive lizard or unreal lizard. Two years later, bones of a larger dinosaur were found, and in all the excitement, scientists named it brontosaurus or thunder lizard. This name stuck until scientists decided it was all a mistake-the two sets of bones actually belonged to the same type of dinosaur. Since it is a rule in taxonomy that the first name given to a newly discovered organism is the one that must be used, scientists have had to use the term apatosaurus. But thunder lizard had found a lot of popular appeal, and many people still prefer to call the beast brontosaurus.
Cultural definitions for brontosaurus
A large herbivorous (see herbivore) dinosaur, perhaps the most familiar of the dinosaurs. The scientific name has recently been changed to Apatosaurus, but Brontosaurus is still used popularly. The word is from the Greek, meaning “thunder lizard.”