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megalosaurus

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛɡ(ə)lə(ʊ)ˈsɔːrəs
 
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Definition of megalosaurus in English:

noun

A large carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the mid Jurassic period, whose remains have been found only in England.
  • Genus Megalosaurus, suborder Theropoda, order Saurischia
Example sentences
  • The discovery of the megalosaurus near Minchinhampton happened years before the word ‘dinosaur’ had even been coined.
  • Clearly the megalosaurus in the opening passage of Bleak House is a flight of hyperbolic fancy (inspired, I would guess, by the papier-mâché dinosaurs constructed for the Crystal Palace Exhibition, a couple of years earlier).
  • 'Iguanodons grew to five metres tall, while megalosauruses grew even taller, to eight metres,’ she said.

Origin

modern Latin, from megalo- 'great' + Greek sauros 'lizard'.

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