tyrannosaur (tɪˈrænəˌsɔː)

/ (tɪˌrænəˈsɔːrəs) /


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

Word Origin for tyrannosaurus

C19: from New Latin, from Greek turannos tyrant + sauros lizard
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Word Origin and History for tyrannosaurus



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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