sauropod

[ sawr-uh-pod ]
/ ˈsɔr əˌpɒd /

noun

any herbivorous dinosaur of the suborder Sauropoda, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, having a small head, long neck and tail, and five-toed limbs: the largest known land animal.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the sauropods.

Origin of sauropod

1890–95; < New Latin Sauropoda suborder name < Greek saûro(s) lizard + -poda -poda; cf. -pod
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British Dictionary definitions for sauropod

sauropod

/ (ˈsɔːrəˌpɒd) /

noun

any herbivorous quadrupedal saurischian dinosaur of the suborder Sauropoda, of Jurassic and Cretaceous times, including the brontosaurus, diplodocus, and titanosaurs. They had small heads and long necks and tails and were partly amphibious

Derived Forms

sauropodous (sɔːˈrɒpədəs), adjective

Word Origin for sauropod

C19: from New Latin sauropoda, from Greek sauros lizard + pous foot
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Science definitions for sauropod

sauropod

[ sôrə-pŏd′ ]

One of the two types of saurischian dinosaurs, widespread during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. Sauropods were plant-eaters and often grew to tremendous size, having a stout body with thick legs, long slender necks with a small head, and long tails. Sauropods included the apatosaurus (brontosaurus) and brachiosaurus. Compare theropod.

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