type of dinosaur, 1892, from Modern Latin order name Stegosauria (O.C. Marsh, 1877), from comb. form of Greek stegos "roof" (from stege "covering," stegein "to cover," from PIE root *(s)teg- "cover," especially "cover with a roof" (cf. Sanskrit sthag- "cover, conceal, hide;" Latin tegere "to cover;" Lithuanian stegti "roof;" Old Norse þekja, Old English þeccan "thatch;" Dutch dekken, German decken "to cover, put under roof;" Irish tuigiur "cover," tech "house;" Welsh toi "thatch, roof," ty "house") + -saurus. The back-armor plates in the fossilized remains look like roof tiles.

Nearby words

  1. stegnotic,
  2. stego-,
  3. stegodon,
  4. stegomyia,
  5. stegosaur,
  6. steichen,
  7. steichen, edward,
  8. steier,
  9. steiermark,
  10. steig

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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