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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; < New Latin Sauri(a) an order of reptiles + -an; see -saur
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British Dictionary definitions for saurians

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 saurians

saurian

n.

reptile of the order Sauria, 1819, from Modern Latin sauria "the order of reptiles," from Greek sauros "lizard" (see -saurus). Sauropod is 1891, from Modern Latin sauropoda (O.C. Marsh, 1884), second element from Greek pous "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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saurians in Science
saurian
  (sôr'ē-ən)   
A lizard or similar reptile.
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