mosasaurus

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mosasaur or mosasaurus (ˈməʊsəˌsɔː, ˌməʊsəˈsɔːrəs)
 
n , pl -saurs, -sauri
any of various extinct Cretaceous giant marine lizards of the genus Mosasaurus and related genera, typically having paddle-like limbs
 
[C18: from Latin Mosa the river Meuse (near which remains were first found) + -saur]
 
mosasaurus or mosasaurus (ˈməʊsəˌsɔː, ˌməʊsəˈsɔːrəs, -ˈsɔːraɪ)
 
n
 
[C18: from Latin Mosa the river Meuse (near which remains were first found) + -saur]

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Mosasaurus
1830, from L. Mosa "the river Meuse;" the fossils of the ancient reptile were first discovered 1780 near Maastricht, on the Meuse.
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