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deinonychus

[ dahy-non-i-kuhs ]
/ daɪˈnɒn ɪ kəs /
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noun
a small bipedal dinosaur, genus Deinonychus, of the Cretaceous Period, characterized by having a large, curved claw on each hind foot.
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Origin of deinonychus

<New Latin (1969) <Greek dein(ós) fearful, terrible (see dinosaur) + -onychos -clawed, adj. derivative of ónyx claw, nail; see onyx
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