compsognathus

compsognathus

[komp-sog-nuh-thuhs]
noun
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:
< Neo-Latin (1859) < Greek kompsó(s) elegant + -gnathos -gnathous

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