Definition of ornithomimosaur in English:


Syllabification: or·nith·o·mi·mo·saur
Pronunciation: /ˌôrnəTHōˈmīməˌsôr


  • technical term for ostrich dinosaur.
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    • The only remaining controversy is whether therezinosauroids are closer to ornithomimosaurs or to oviraptorosaurs.
    • Holtz ultimately concludes that ornithomimosaurs and tyrannosaurs probably form a monophyletic group, although his calculations do not yield a clean separation.
    • Previous work with stable nitrogen isotope analysis did not find a significant difference in values between North American ornithomimosaurs and clearly carnivorous theropods such as tyrannosaurids and dromaeosaurids.


1980s: from modern Latin Ornithomimosauria, from Greek ornis, ornith- 'bird' + mimos 'mime' + sauros 'lizard'.

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