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[dahy-non-i-kuh s] /daɪˈnɒn ɪ kəs/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is an amazing end to an amazing evolutionary story-deinonychus into dove.
  • They're about the right size to be deinonychus, which is a much scarier dinosaur in any event.

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