Definition of deinonychus in English:


Line breaks: dei¦nony|chus
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈnɒnɪkəs


  • A dromaeosaurid dinosaur of the mid Cretaceous period, growing up to 3.3 m (11 ft) in length.
    • Genus Deinonychus, family Dromaeosauridae, suborder Theropoda
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    • You can see feathered models of deinonychus, with a therizinosaurus in the background.
    • Utahraptors were the largest species in the class where velociraptors and deinonychuses also belong.
    • A huge curved claw on each foot made Deinonychus a small but particularly deadly dinosaur of the Cretaceous Period.


modern Latin, from Greek deinos 'terrible' + onux, onukh- 'claw'.

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