Definition of saurian in English:

saurian

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːrɪən
 
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adjective

  • Of or like a lizard: a table with saurian legs
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    • It stood up on two thick saurian legs; it was at least 20 feet tall.
    • One sinister saurian lies along the grassy banks, as patterned and prim - and primed - as a killer handbag.
    • This saurian symbol of Chinese emperors has been claimed, from the mid-1980s onward, as the common patrimony of all Chinese people.

noun

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  • Any large reptile, especially a dinosaur or other extinct form.
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    • We see literally hundreds of saurians in this sequence, representing a diverse range of species, and the excitement and beauty of the story unfold dynamically without a single spoken word.
    • Megalancosaurus is one of the few putative bird ancestors among basal saurians that has been included in a more global cladistic analysis or in the context of smaller taxonomic groupings.
    • Jenkins observed that in living saurians humeral motion primarily takes place perpendicular to the saddle's long axis, across the shorter, convex surface.

Origin

early 19th century: from modern Latin Sauria (see Sauria) + -an.

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