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deinonychus

[dahy-non-i-kuh s] /daɪˈnɒn ɪ kəs/
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a small bipedal dinosaur, genus Deinonychus, of the Cretaceous Period, characterized by having a large, curved claw on each hind foot.
Origin of deinonychus
< New Latin (1969) < Greek dein(ós) fearful, terrible (see dinosaur) + -onychos -clawed, adj. derivative of ónyx claw, nail; see onyx
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