elasmosaurus

n.

giant sea reptile from the Mezozoic, 1879, from Modern Latin (coined 1868 by E.D. Cope), from Greek elasmos "metal plate" (from elan "to strike;" see elastic) + -saurus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for elasmosaurus

  • This is the Elasmosaurus platyurus (Cope), a carnivorous sea reptile, no doubt adapted for deeper waters than many of the others.

    Buffalo Land|W. E. Webb
  • This is Elasmosaurus platyurus (Cope), a carnivorous sea-reptile, no doubt adapted for deeper waters than many of the others.

    Extinct Monsters|H. N. Hutchinson