- a bipedal dinosaur of the genus Hadrosaurus, belonging to the ornithopod family Hadrosauridae of the late Cretaceous Period, having broad, flat jaws for scooping up water plants.
Origin of hadrosaur
Also called duck-billed dinosaur.
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- any one of a large group of bipedal Upper Cretaceous dinosaurs of the genus Anatosaurus, Maiasaura, Edmontosaurus, and related genera: partly aquatic, with a duck-billed skull and webbed feetAlso called: duck-billed dinosaur
C19: from Greek hadros thick, fat + -saur
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Word Origin and History for hadrosaur
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- Any of various medium-sized to large dinosaurs of the group Hadrosauroidea of the Cretaceous Period. Hadrosaurs had a duck-like bill and a mouth containing many series of rough grinding teeth for chewing tough plants. They walked on two legs or on all fours and had hoofed feet. Many hadrosaurs bore hollow crests on their skulls. They were the last and largest ornithopod dinosaurs. Also called duck-billed dinosaur
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