compsognathus

[ komp-sog-nuh-thuh s ]
/ 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 cm).

Origin of compsognathus

< New Latin (1859) < Greek kompsó(s) elegant + -gnathos -gnathous
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Examples from the Web for 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

Compsognathus


n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper