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diplodocus

[dih-plod-uh-kuh s]
noun, plural di·plod·o·cus·es.
  1. 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

< New Latin (1878), equivalent to diplo- diplo- + Greek dokós beam, bar, shaft
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Historical Examples of diplodocus

  • The Diplodocus nearly equalled the Brontosaurus in bulk and exceeded it in length.

    Dinosaurs

    William Diller Matthew

  • But the Diplodocus is neither the largest nor heaviest of its family.

  • We could just detect a Zeppelin or a Diplodocus as a moving speck against the surface.

  • Towering thrice as high as the largest African elephant, the diplodocus was now but seventy-five yards away.

  • The Diplodocus skull is widely different from the other two in size and proportions and in the characters of teeth.

    Dinosaurs

    William Diller Matthew


British Dictionary definitions for diplodocus

diplodocus

noun plural -cuses
  1. 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)
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Word Origin for diplodocus

C19: from New Latin, from diplo- + Greek dokos beam
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Word Origin and History for diplodocus

n.

1884, coined in Modern Latin in 1878 by U.S. paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899) from Greek diploos "double" (see diploid) + dokos "a beam." So called for the peculiar structure of the tail bones.

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diplodocus in Science

diplodocus

[dĭ-plŏdə-kəs]
  1. 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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