any of various dinosaurs of the genus Triceratops, of the late Cretaceous Period, having a bony crest on the neck, a long horn over each eye, and a shorter horn on the nose.

1890–95; < Neo-Latin < Greek trikérat(os) three-horned (see tri-, cerat-), + ṓps face, eye Unabridged
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triceratops (traɪˈsɛrəˌtɒps)
any rhinoceros-like herbivorous dinosaur of the ornithischian genus Triceratops, of Cretaceous times, having a heavily armoured neck and three horns on the skull
[C19: from New Latin, from tri- + Greek kerat-, keras horn + ōps eye]

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Word Origin & History

dinosaur genus, 1892, from Gk. trikeratos "three-horned" + ops "face." The first element is from tri- "three" + keras (gen. keratos) "horn."
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triceratops   (trī-sěr'ə-tŏps')  Pronunciation Key 
A large herbivorous dinosaur of the genus Triceratops of the late Cretaceous Period, measuring up to 7.6 m (25 ft) in length. Triceratops had a squat, tanklike body, a beaklike mouth with a short horn over it, and a long horn over each eye. The back of its neck was covered with a wide, bony plate.
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Example sentences
Also, there is another triceratops pelvis with parts ripped off, indicating t rex ate all that it got it's mouth around.
Triceratops used their horns to get their point across-literally-a new study finds.
On this trip, our table is wrapped by a triceratops's tail.
We were excavating dinosaur bones from three dinosaurs at once: a triceratops, a hadrosaur, and one as yet unidentified.
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