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elasmosaurus

n.

giant sea reptile from the Mezozoic, 1879, from Modern Latin (coined 1868 by E.D. Cope), from Greek elasmos "metal plate" (from elan "to strike;" see elastic) + -saurus.

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  • This is elasmosaurus platyurus (Cope), a carnivorous sea-reptile, no doubt adapted for deeper waters than many of the others.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • This is the elasmosaurus platyurus (Cope), a carnivorous sea reptile, no doubt adapted for deeper waters than many of the others.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb

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