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stegosaurus

n.

type of dinosaur, 1892, from Modern Latin order name Stegosauria (O.C. Marsh, 1877), from comb. form of Greek stegos "roof" (from stege "covering," stegein "to cover," from PIE root *(s)teg- "cover," especially "cover with a roof" (cf. Sanskrit sthag- "cover, conceal, hide;" Latin tegere "to cover;" Lithuanian stegti "roof;" Old Norse þekja, Old English þeccan "thatch;" Dutch dekken, German decken "to cover, put under roof;" Irish tuigiur "cover," tech "house;" Welsh toi "thatch, roof," ty "house") + -saurus. The back-armor plates in the fossilized remains look like roof tiles.

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  • This trochanter is absent from the thigh bones of land-inhabiting dinosaurs with short tails, such as stegosaurus and Triceratops.

    Dinosaurs William Diller Matthew
  • The limbs of Cetiosaurus, for example, or of stegosaurus, remind us strikingly of those of elephants.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • In some of them such as stegosaurus the exoskeleton is strongly developed, in others such as Iguanodon it is absent.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • This attitude is also ascribed to some of the extinct American Dinosaurs, such as the stegosaurus.

    Mythical Monsters Charles Gould
  • stegosaurus (plated reptile) takes its name from the double row of bony plates arranged along its back.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton

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