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saurian

[ sawr-ee-uhn ]
/ ˈsɔr i ən /
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adjective
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.
noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for saurian

saurian
/ (ˈsɔːrɪən) /

adjective
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
noun
a former name for lizard

Word Origin for saurian

C15: from New Latin Sauria, from Greek sauros
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for saurian

saurian
[ sôrē-ən ]

A lizard or similar reptile.
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