deinonychus

[dahy-non-i-kuhs]
noun
a small bipedal dinosaur, genus Deinonychus, of the Cretaceous Period, characterized by having a large, curved claw on each hind foot.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1969) < Greek dein(ós) fearful, terrible (see dinosaur) + -onychos -clawed, adj. derivative of ónyx claw, nail; see onyx

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