[ komp-sog-nuh-thuhs ]

  1. any bipedal carnivorous dinosaur of the genus Compsognathus, of late Jurassic age, having a slender body that reached a length of 30 inches (76 centimeters).

Origin of compsognathus

From New Latin (1859), from Greek kompsó(s) “elegant” + -gnathos “jawed”; see -gnathous

Words Nearby compsognathus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use compsognathus in a sentence

  • As compsognathus walked upon its hind legs, it must have made tracks like those of birds.

    Lectures on Evolution | Thomas Henry Huxley