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plesiosaur

[ plee-see-uh-sawr ]
/ 藞pli si 蓹藢s蓴r /
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noun
any marine reptile of the extinct genus Plesiosaurus, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, having a small head, a long neck, four paddlelike limbs, and a short tail.
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Origin of plesiosaur

<New Latin Plesiosaurus (1821), equivalent to Greek pl膿s铆(os) near, close to + -o--o- + sa没ros-saur; originally so named because of its conjectured nearness to modern reptiles, relative to the ichthyosaurs

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How to use plesiosaur in a sentence

  • The Plesiosaur, on the other hand, had a small and delicate head, with slender teeth and small eyes.

  • In the popular mind, perhaps, the Ichthyosaur and Plesiosaur are the typical representatives of that extinct race.

  • He might draw the line at a white plesiosaur riding up to meet his catamaran.

    Sjambak|John Holbrook Vance

British Dictionary definitions for plesiosaur

plesiosaur
/ (藞pli藧s瑟蓹藢s蓴藧) /

noun
any of various extinct marine reptiles of the order Sauropterygia, esp any of the suborder Plesiosauria, of Jurassic and Cretaceous times, having a long neck, short tail, and paddle-like limbsSee also ichthyosaur Compare dinosaur, pterosaur

Word Origin for plesiosaur

C19: from New Latin pl膿siosaurus, from Greek pl膿sios near + sauros a lizard
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Scientific definitions for plesiosaur

plesiosaur
[ pl膿s膿-蓹-s么r ]

Any of various large, extinct marine reptiles of the genus Plesiosaurus and related genera of the Mesozoic Era. Most plesiosaurs had a small head on a long neck and a broad body with paddlelike limbs; one group had a large head on a short neck. The exact relationship between plesiosaurs and other reptiles is not known.
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