Definition of triceratops in English:

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triceratops

Pronunciation: /trʌɪˈsɛrətɒps/

noun

A large quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaur living at the end of the Cretaceous period, having a massive head with two large horns, a smaller horn on the beaked snout, and a bony frill above the neck.
  • Genus Triceratops, infraorder Ceratopsia, order Ornithischia.
Example sentences
  • The triceratops, like all dinosaurs, only had a small brain but he made up for it with his big heart (some dinosaurs even had two hearts).
  • When given a picture of a triceratops and told it was a dinosaur, the children correctly inferred that it belonged to the cold-blooded class of animals.
  • In fact, he's headed to Montana this August to excavate tyrannosaurs and triceratops.

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek trikeratos 'three-horned' + ōps 'face'.

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Line breaks: tri|cera|tops

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