[komp-sog-nuh-thuh s]


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

Origin of compsognathus

< New Latin (1859) < Greek kompsó(s) elegant + -gnathos -gnathous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for compsognathus

Historical Examples of compsognathus

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

    Lectures on Evolution

    Thomas Henry Huxley

Word Origin and History for compsognathus



genus of small dinosaurs, Modern Latin, from Greek kompsos "refined, elegant" + gnathos "jaw" (see gnathic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper