[ sawr-ee-uh n ]
/ ˈsɔr i ən /


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.
resembling a lizard.


a saurian animal, as a dinosaur or lizard.

Origin of saurian

1800–10; < New Latin Sauri(a) an order of reptiles + -an; see -saur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for saurian

/ (ˈsɔːrɪən) /


of, relating to, or resembling a lizard
of, relating to, or belonging to the Sauria, a former suborder of reptiles (now called Lacertilia), which included the lizards


a former name for lizard

Word Origin for saurian

C15: from New Latin Sauria, from Greek sauros
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Science definitions for saurian

[ sôrē-ən ]

A lizard or similar reptile.
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