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tyrannosaurus

tyrannosaur (tɪˈrænəˌsɔː)

noun
  1. any large carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the genus Tyrannosaurus, common in North America in upper Jurassic and Cretaceous times: suborder Theropoda (theropods)
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek turannos tyrant + sauros lizard
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  • The head of something like a Tyrannosaurus Rex peered over the wall at them.

    Subjectivity

    Norman Spinrad

  • I'd be honored if you'd use my home as a base of operations while you hunt for your tyrannosaurus.

    The Revolt on Venus

    Carey Rockwell

  • So far they had seen nothing of their prey—the tyrannosaurus.

    The Revolt on Venus

    Carey Rockwell

  • It was his only chance should the snake get loose from the tyrannosaurus again.

    The Revolt on Venus

    Carey Rockwell

  • In a few seconds the snake was dead and the tyrannosaurus began to feast.

    The Revolt on Venus

    Carey Rockwell


Word Origin and History for tyrannosaurus

n.

carnivorous Cretaceous bipedal dinosaur, 1905, Modern Latin genus name, coined by H.F. Osborn (published 1906 in "Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History" XXI, p.259) from Greek tyrannos "tyrant" (see tyrant) + -saurus. Abbreviated name T. rex attested by 1970 (apparently first as the band name).

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