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.
resembling a lizard.
a saurian animal, as a dinosaur or lizard.

1800–10; < Neo-Latin Sauri(a) an order of reptiles + -an; see -saur Unabridged
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saurian (ˈsɔːrɪən)
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
3.  a former name for lizard
[C15: from New Latin Sauria, from Greek sauros]

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Word Origin & History

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   (sôr'ē-ən)  Pronunciation Key 
A lizard or similar reptile.
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Example sentences
It is said te be the only live saurian ever seen alive iu that river.
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