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[theer-uh-pod] /ˈθɪər əˌpɒd/
any member of the suborder Theropoda, comprising carnivorous dinosaurs that had short forelimbs and walked or ran on their hind legs.
Also called bird-footed dinosaur.
Origin of theropod
< New Latin Theropoda (1881) suborder name; see -there, -o-, -poda Unabridged
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  • The prints thus provide a glimpse of these early theropod dinosaurs as they ate their meals.
  • Follow-up studies on large birds, kangaroos, or even theropod dinosaurs suggest themselves.
  • Because feathers are a unique feature, they are thought to be characteristic of many theropod dinosaurs, including tyrannosaurs.
  • Sifting through the collection, they separated out the bones of a theropod, or meat-eating dinosaur.
  • At last there was evidence of truly primitive feathers-found on a ground-running theropod.
  • Paleontologists are now carefully studying the closest theropod relatives of birds for clues to how this transition occurred.
  • Thus the presence of bone in coprolites and the lack of bones bearing evidence of theropod consumption is reconciled.
  • When large theropod dinosaurs fought, they often bit each other on the face.
  • By now it should not surprise anyone that birds and theropod dinosaurs were closely related.
  • See one of only two fossil tracks in the entire world made by a sitting theropod dinosaur.
British Dictionary definitions for theropod


any bipedal carnivorous saurischian dinosaur of the suborder Theropoda, having strong hind legs and grasping hands. They lived in Triassic to Cretaceous times and included tyrannosaurs and megalosaurs
Derived Forms
theropodan (θɪˈrɒpədən) noun, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin theropoda, from Greek thēr beast + pous foot
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theropod in Science
Any of various carnivorous saurischian dinosaurs of the group Theropoda. Theropods walked on two legs and had small forelimbs and a large skull with long jaws and sharp teeth. Most theropods were of small or medium size, but some grew very large, like Tyrannosaurus. Theropods lived throughout the Mesozoic Era. Compare sauropod.
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