- 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).
Origin of diplodocus
< New Latin (1878), equivalent to diplo- diplo- + Greek dokós beam, bar, shaft
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The Diplodocus nearly equalled the Brontosaurus in bulk and exceeded it in length.
But the Diplodocus is neither the largest nor heaviest of its family.The Story of Evolution
We could just detect a Zeppelin or a Diplodocus as a moving speck against the surface.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
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.
- 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)
C19: from New Latin, from diplo- + Greek dokos beam
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Word Origin and History for diplodocus
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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