theropod

[theer-uh-pod]
noun
any member of the suborder Theropoda, comprising carnivorous dinosaurs that had short forelimbs and walked or ran on their hind legs.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin Theropoda (1881) suborder name; see -there, -o-, -poda

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theropod (ˈθɪərəpɒd)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from New Latin theropoda, from Greek thēr beast + pous foot]
 
theropodan
 
n, —adj

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theropod   (thîr'ə-pŏd')  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
The prints thus provide a glimpse of these early theropod dinosaurs as they ate their meals.
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.
Thus the presence of bone in coprolites and the lack of bones bearing evidence of theropod consumption is reconciled.
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