Definition of psittacosaurus in English:


Line breaks: psit¦taco|saurus
Pronunciation: /sɪˈtakəsɔːrəs


  • A partly bipedal herbivorous dinosaur of the mid Cretaceous period, having a parrot-like beak and probably ancestral to other ceratopsians.
    • Genus Psittacosaurus, infraorder Ceratopsia, order Ornithischia
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    • Psittacosaurus, meaning 'parrot lizard,' was a small, primitive ceratopsian, a plant-eating dinosaur.
    • The Psittacosaurus was a strong, agile dinosaur with a powerful beak. A plant-eater, it lived in northeastern Asia between 144 million and 97 million years ago.


modern Latin, from Greek psittakos 'parrot' + sauros 'lizard'.

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