iguanodon

iguanodon

[ih-gwah-nuh-don, ih-gwan-uh-]
noun
a plant-eating dinosaur of the genus Iguanodon that lived in Europe early in the Cretaceous Period and grew to a length of from 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meters) and walked erect on its hind feet.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1825) < Spanish iguan(a) iguana + Greek odṓn, variant of odoús tooth

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iguanodon (ɪˈɡwɑːnəˌdɒn)
 
n
a massive herbivorous long-tailed bipedal dinosaur of the genus Iguanodon, common in Europe and N Africa in Jurassic and Cretaceous times: suborder Ornithopoda (ornithopods)
 
[C19: New Latin, from iguana + Greek odōn tooth]

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iguanodon

large herbivorous dinosaurs found as fossils from the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods (159 million to 99 million years ago) in a wide area of Europe, North Africa, North America, Australia, and Asia; a few have been found from Late Cretaceous deposits of Europe and southern Africa.

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