diplodocus

[ dih-plod-uh-kuhs ]
/ dɪˈplɒd ə kəs /

noun, plural di·plod·o·cus·es.

a huge herbivorous dinosaur of the genus Diplodocus, from the Late Jurassic Epoch of western North America, growing to a length of about 87 feet (26.5 meters).

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Origin of diplodocus

First recorded in 1875–80; from New Latin, equivalent to diplo- diplo- + Greek dokós “beam, bar, shaft”
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British Dictionary definitions for diplodocus

diplodocus
/ (dɪˈplɒdəkəs, ˌdɪpləʊˈdəʊkəs) /

noun plural -cuses

any herbivorous quadrupedal late Jurassic dinosaur of the genus Diplodocus, characterized by a very long neck and tail and a total body length of 27 metres: suborder Sauropoda (sauropods)

Word Origin for diplodocus

C19: from New Latin, from diplo- + Greek dokos beam
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Scientific definitions for diplodocus

diplodocus
[ dĭ-plŏdə-kəs ]

A very large herbivorous dinosaur of the genus Diplodocus of the late Jurassic Period. Diplodocus had a long, slender neck and tail and a small head with peglike teeth, and could grow to nearly 27 m (90 ft) in length. Fossilized skin impressions show that it probably had dermal spines along its back. Diplodocus is one of the longest known sauropod dinosaurs.
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