Tyrannosaurus rex

[ ti-ran-uh-sawr-uhs reks, tahy‐ ]
/ tɪˌræn əˈsɔr əs ˈreks, taɪ‐ /

noun

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Origin of Tyrannosaurus rex

First recorded in 1905–10; New Latin Tyrannosaurus, the genus name; see tyrannosaur + Latin rex “king”; see rex
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Cultural definitions for Tyrannosaurus rex

Tyrannosaurus rex
[ (ti-ran-uh-sawr-uhs reks) ]

A large, carnivorous (see carnivore) dinosaur that walked on two legs. Its name is from the Greek words meaning “tyrant” and “lizard” and the Latin word for “king.”

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