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[sawr-ee-uh n]
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Sauria, a group of reptiles originally including the lizards, crocodiles, and several extinct forms but now technically restricted to the lizards.
  2. resembling a lizard.
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  1. a saurian animal, as a dinosaur or lizard.
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Origin of saurian

1800–10; < New Latin Sauri(a) an order of reptiles + -an; see -saur
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Historical Examples

  • But the features were nonhuman, closer to saurian in contour.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • "Slow her down, Wales," said Scott, after he had observed the situation of the saurian.

  • By the time he laid hold of it, however, the saurian was no longer on dry ground.

  • For some weeks the Saurian eye had been on the two secret creatures.

  • By the time he laid hold of it, however, the saurian, was no longer on dry ground.

British Dictionary definitions for saurian


  1. of, relating to, or resembling a lizard
  2. of, relating to, or belonging to the Sauria, a former suborder of reptiles (now called Lacertilia), which included the lizards
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  1. a former name for lizard
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Word Origin

C15: from New Latin Sauria, from Greek sauros
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Word Origin and History for saurian


reptile of the order Sauria, 1819, from Modern Latin sauria "the order of reptiles," from Greek sauros "lizard" (see -saurus). Sauropod is 1891, from Modern Latin sauropoda (O.C. Marsh, 1884), second element from Greek pous "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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saurian in Science


  1. A lizard or similar reptile.
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