|diplodocus (dɪˈplɒdəkəs, ˌdɪpləʊˈdəʊkəs)|
|—n , pl -cuses|
|any herbivorous quadrupedal late Jurassic dinosaur of the genus Diplodocus, characterized by a very long neck and tail and a total body length of 27 metres: suborder Sauropoda (sauropods)|
|[C19: from New Latin, from |
|diplodocus (dĭ-plŏd'ə-kəs) Pronunciation Key
A very large herbivorous dinosaur of the genus Diplodocus of the late Jurassic Period. Diplodocus had a long, slender neck and tail and a small head with peglike teeth, and could grow to nearly 27 m (90 ft) in length. Fossilized skin impressions show that it probably had dermal spines along its back. Diplodocus is one of the longest known sauropod dinosaurs.