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[sawr-uh-pod] /ˈsɔr əˌpɒd/
any herbivorous dinosaur of the suborder Sauropoda, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, having a small head, long neck and tail, and five-toed limbs: the largest known land animal.
belonging or pertaining to the sauropods.
Origin of sauropod
1890-95; < New Latin Sauropoda suborder name < Greek saûro(s) lizard + -poda -poda; cf. -pod Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sauropod
  • Two of them are thin, carbonized patches of fossilized skin that appear to have come from sauropod dinosaurs.
  • Any discovery of a sauropod skull is cause for celebration.
  • These were the long-necked, small-headed precursors of the later, gigantic sauropod dinosaurs.
  • Paleontologists today unveiled a sauropod dinosaur with a stubby neck.
  • Head and neck posture in sauropod dinosaurs inferred from extant animals.
  • Quite often, theropod teeth have been found when exhuming sauropod bones.
  • It is the home of the first sauropod trackway ever discovered in the world.
  • It's part of the backbone of a big dinosaur with a long neck, called a sauropod.
  • Feeding strategies and metabolism in elephants and sauropod dinosaurs.
British Dictionary definitions for sauropod


any herbivorous quadrupedal saurischian dinosaur of the suborder Sauropoda, of Jurassic and Cretaceous times, including the brontosaurus, diplodocus, and titanosaurs. They had small heads and long necks and tails and were partly amphibious
Derived Forms
sauropodous (sɔːˈrɒpədəs) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin sauropoda, from Greek sauros lizard + pous foot
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sauropod in Science
One of the two types of saurischian dinosaurs, widespread during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. Sauropods were plant-eaters and often grew to tremendous size, having a stout body with thick legs, long slender necks with a small head, and long tails. Sauropods included the apatosaurus (brontosaurus) and brachiosaurus. Compare theropod.
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