Definition of theropod in English:

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theropod

Pronunciation: /ˈθɪərə(ʊ)pɒd/

noun

A carnivorous dinosaur of a group whose members were typically bipedal and ranged from small and delicately built to very large.
Example sentences
  • Much fossil evidence has been uncovered supporting the idea that birds evolved from a group of bipedal carnivorous dinosaurs called theropods.
  • We know that it is a dromaeosaur, a theropod and relative of Velociraptor.
  • Case said the shape of the teeth and features of the feet were characteristic of a group of dinosaurs known as theropods, which includes the tyrannosaurs, as well as all other meat-eating dinosaurs.

Origin

1930s: from Greek thēr 'beast' + pous, pod- 'foot'.

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