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[moh-suh-sawr] /ˈmoʊ səˌsɔr/
any of several extinct carnivorous marine lizards from the Cretaceous Period, having the limbs modified into broad, webbed paddles.
Origin of mosasaur
< New Latin Mosasaurus (1823) genus name, equivalent to Latin Mosa the Meuse river (where a species was first discovered) + New Latin -saurus -saur Unabridged
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noun (pl) -saurs, -sauri (-ˈsɔːraɪ)
any of various extinct Cretaceous giant marine lizards of the genus Mosasaurus and related genera, typically having paddle-like limbs
Word Origin
C18: from Latin Mosa the river Meuse (near which remains were first found) + -saur
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mosasaur in Science
Any of various medium-sized to large extinct aquatic lizards of the genus Mosasaurus of the Cretaceous Period, having modified limbs that served as paddles for swimming. Mosasaurs were related to the modern monitor lizard, with which they share a similar skull structure.
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