plesiosaurus

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plesiosaurus
1825, from Mod.L. (1821), coined by William Daniel Conybeare (1787-1857) from Gk. plesios "near" + sauros "lizard."
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plesiosaurus

noun
extinct marine reptile with a small head on a long neck a short tail and four paddle-shaped limbs; of the Jurassic and Cretaceous [syn: plesiosaur
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