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Friday, July 31, 2015
Definitions for saurian
  1. resembling a lizard.
  2. belonging or pertaining to the Sauria, a group of reptiles originally including the lizards, crocodiles, and several extinct forms but now technically restricted to the lizards.
  3. a saurian animal, as a dinosaur or lizard.

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Citations for saurian
The one trait linking him with the actual was the fixity with which his small saurian eye held the pocket that, as I entered, had yielded a lira to the gatekeeper's child. Edith Wharton, Crucial Instances, 1901
Mutant versions of the past struggle for dominance; new species of fact arise, and old, saurian truths go to the wall, blindfolded and smoking last cigarettes. Salman Rushdie, Shame, 1983
Origin of saurian
1800-1810
Saurian comes from the New Latin word Sauria, meaning "an order of reptiles," and the suffix -an occurring in adjectives borrowed from Latin. Dinosaur comes from the Anglicized stem of this word.
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