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ceratopsian

Syllabification: cer·a·top·si·an
Pronunciation: /ˌserəˈtäpsēən
 
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Definition of ceratopsian in English:

noun

Paleontology
A gregarious quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaur of a group found in the Cretaceous period, including triceratops. It had a large beaked and horned head and a bony frill protecting the neck.
Example sentences
  • Within dinosaur families that had relatively similar body types, such as the hadrosaurs (duck-billed dinosaurs) or ceratopsians (such as Triceratops), there is an incredible range of diversity.
  • An alternate view, that ceratopsians and pachycephalosaurs diverged from ornithopod dinosaurs in the Late Jurassic, is more consistent with the preserved biostratigraphic evidence.
  • The ornithischians (‘bird-hipped’ dinosaurs) are herbivores, and include the plated Stegosaurus, the armored Ankylosaurus, horned ceratopsians, and duck-billed hadrosaurids.

Origin

early 20th century: from modern Latin Ceratopsia (plural) (from Greek keras, kerat- 'horn' + ops 'face') + -an.

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