- 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
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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).
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