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compsognathus

[komp-sog-nuh-thuh s] /kɒmpˈsɒg nə θəs/
noun
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any bipedal carnivorous dinosaur of the genus Compsognathus, of late Jurassic age, having a slender body that reached a length of 30 inches (76 cm).
Origin of compsognathus
< New Latin (1859) < Greek kompsó(s) elegant + -gnathos -gnathous
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  • As compsognathus walked upon its hind legs, it must have made tracks like those of birds.

    Lectures on Evolution Thomas Henry Huxley
Word Origin and History for compsognathus

Compsognathus

n.

genus of small dinosaurs, Modern Latin, from Greek kompsos "refined, elegant" + gnathos "jaw" (see gnathic).

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