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saurian

[sawr-ee-uh n] /ˈsɔr i ən/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Sauria, a group of reptiles originally including the lizards, crocodiles, and several extinct forms but now technically restricted to the lizards.
2.
resembling a lizard.
noun
3.
a saurian animal, as a dinosaur or lizard.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < Neo-Latin Sauri(a) an order of reptiles + -an; see -saur
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  • It is said te be the only live saurian ever seen alive iu that river.
British Dictionary definitions for saurian

saurian

/ˈsɔːrɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling a lizard
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Sauria, a former suborder of reptiles (now called Lacertilia), which included the lizards
noun
3.
a former name for lizard
Word Origin
C15: from New Latin Sauria, from Greek sauros
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Word Origin and History for saurian
saurian
reptile of the order Sauria, 1807, from Mod.L. sauria "the order of reptiles," from Gk. sauros "lizard," probably related to saulos "twisting, wavering." Sauropod is 1891, from Mod.L. sauropoda (O.C. Marsh, 1884), second element from Gk. pous "foot" (see foot).
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saurian in Science
saurian
  (sôr'ē-ən)   
A lizard or similar reptile.
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