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mosasaur

/ˈməʊsəˌsɔː/
noun (pl) -saurs, -sauri (-ˈsɔːraɪ)
1.
any of various extinct Cretaceous giant marine lizards of the genus Mosasaurus and related genera, typically having paddle-like limbs
Word Origin
C18: from Latin Mosa the river Meuse (near which remains were first found) + -saur
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Word Origin and History for mosasaurus
n.

marine dinosaur, 1830, from Latin Mosa "the river Meuse" + -saurus. the fossils of the ancient reptile were first discovered 1780 near Maastricht, on the Meuse.

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