[ fahy-tuh-sawr ]
/ ˈfaɪ təˌsɔr /


any armored, semiaquatic reptile of the extinct order Phytosauria, of the Mesozoic Era, resembling the crocodile but unrelated, having the nostrils high on the snout and with well-developed hind limbs suggestive of bipedal ancestors.

Origin of phytosaur

< New Latin Phytosauria (see phyto-, -saur, -ia) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019