iguanodon

[ ih-gwah-nuh-don, ih-gwan-uh- ]
/ ɪˈgwɑ nəˌdɒn, ɪˈgwæn ə- /
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noun

a plant-eating dinosaur of the genus Iguanodon that lived in Europe early in the Cretaceous Period and grew to a length of from 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meters) and walked erect on its hind feet.

Origin of iguanodon

< New Latin (1825) < Spanish iguan(a) iguana + Greek odṓn, variant of odoús tooth
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iguanodon

/ (ɪˈɡwɑːnəˌdɒn) /

noun

a massive herbivorous long-tailed bipedal dinosaur of the genus Iguanodon, common in Europe and N Africa in Jurassic and Cretaceous times: suborder Ornithopoda (ornithopods)

Word Origin for iguanodon

C19: New Latin, from iguana + Greek odōn tooth
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Word Origin and History for iguanodon

Iguanodon


n.

dinosaur name, 1825, hybrid from iguana + stem of Greek odonys "tooth" (on model of mastodon). So called because the fossil teeth and bones were thought to resemble those of the lizard.

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