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triceratops

[ trahy-ser-uh-tops ]
/ traɪˈsɛr əˌtɒps /
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noun
any of various dinosaurs of the genus Triceratops, of the late Cretaceous Period, having a bony crest on the neck, a long horn over each eye, and a shorter horn on the nose.
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Origin of triceratops

First recorded in 1890–95; from New Latin, from Greek trikérat(os) “three-horned” + ṓps “face, eye”; see origin at tri-, cerat-, eye
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British Dictionary definitions for triceratops

triceratops
/ (traɪˈsɛrəˌtɒps) /

noun
any rhinoceros-like herbivorous dinosaur of the ornithischian genus Triceratops, of Cretaceous times, having a heavily armoured neck and three horns on the skull

Word Origin for triceratops

C19: from New Latin, from tri- + Greek kerat-, keras horn + ōps eye
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Scientific definitions for triceratops

triceratops
[ trī-sĕrə-tŏps′ ]

A large herbivorous dinosaur of the genus Triceratops of the late Cretaceous Period, measuring up to 7.6 m (25 ft) in length. Triceratops had a squat, tanklike body, a beaklike mouth with a short horn over it, and a long horn over each eye. The back of its neck was covered with a wide, bony plate.
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