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compsognathus

[ komp-sog-nuh-thuhs ]
/ kɒmpˈsɒg nə θəs /
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noun
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).
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Origin of compsognathus

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