Definition of hypsilophodont in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhipsəˈläfədänt/
(also hypsilophodontid /-ˌläfəˈdäntid/)


A small bipedal herbivorous dinosaur of the middle Jurassic to late Cretaceous periods, adapted for swift running.
  • Family Hypsilophodontidae, infraorder Ornithopoda, order Ornithischia.
Example sentences
  • Other bones of plant-eating dinosaurs, such as hypsilophodontids, were uncovered from the same region of peninsular Antarctica.
  • The Ornithopoda included the hadrosaurs, the iguanodontids, the heterodontosaurs, the hypsilophodontids, and various other dinosaurs.
  • Almost half of the dinosaur fossils found in southeastern Australia are hypsilophodontids.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Hypsilophodontidae, from Greek hupsilophos 'high-crested' + odous, odont- 'tooth'.

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Syllabification: hyp·si·loph·o·dont

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