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dinosaur

Literally the name means ‘terrible lizards’, but in fact the dinosaurs were not lizards. They were diapsid reptiles whose closest living relatives are the crocodilians and birds. Dinosaurs ...

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A Dictionary of Biology (8 ed.)

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Current Version:
2019
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
137 words

...herbivorous forms, such as Apatosaurus ( Brontosaurus ) and Diplodocus . They all had lizard-like pelvic girdles. Modern birds evolved from saurischian ancestors ( see aves ) and belong to a clade called theropods, predatory dinosaurs that shared birdlike traits. Many of the herbivorous dinosaurs were amphibious or semiaquatic. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/dino-directory/index.html A Dino Directory produced by the Natural History Museum,...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

... Figuratively, an antiquated system that has not moved with the times, or the chance survivor of a type characteristic of past times. The dinosaurs proper, as reptiles of the Mesozoic era, became extinct some 65 million years ago. Scientists are still debating the cause of their demise. The most widely accepted explanation is that mountains arose in the lowland areas they inhabited, causing changes in the climate that affected the plants on which they fed. A more recent theory is that a comet or asteroid hit the earth, causing a huge dust cloud. This...

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
123 words

... Any of a large number of reptiles that lived during the Mesozoic era, between 225 and 65 million years ago. They appeared during the Triassic period, survived the Jurassic , and became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous. There were two orders: Saurischia (‘lizard hips’), included the bipedal carnivores and the giant herbivores; the Ornithiscia (‘bird hips’) were smaller herbivores. Their posture, with limbs vertically beneath the body, distinguish them from other reptiles. Many theories are advanced to account for their extinction. It is...

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017

... An ancient terrestrial reptile that stood upright on its legs, did not fly or swim, and could be either carnivorous or herbivorous. Dinosaurs became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period, 65 million years ago. See also k–t boundary...

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The Oxford Companion to the Earth

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Current Version:
2003

...in 1922 , 1923 , and 1925 , led by Roy Chapman Andrews . They included eggs and baby dinosaurs. Parties from Soviet Russia, led by I. Efremov , visited Mongolia in 1946–49 . They collected giant carnivore and gigantic duck-billed dinosaur remains. Communist China has been active in dinosaur research, and numbers of Middle Jurassic giants have been found in Chengde and other areas. D. L. Dineley Colbert, E. H. (1968) Men and dinosaurs, the search in field and laboratory . Dutton, New...

Desmond the Dinosaur

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
8 words

...Desmond the Dinosaur In stories by Althea ....

Maiden Dinosaur, The

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The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Literature
Length:
20 words

...Dinosaur, The ( 1964 ), a novel by Janet McNeill , tracing the belated sexual awakening of Sarah Vincent, a middle-aged...

Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble

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Charles Corey

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
280 words

... Annex Music Ensemble . New music ensemble based in Boston, Massachusetts. Dinosaur Annex was founded in 1975 by the composers Rodney Lister , Ezra Sims , and Scott Wheeler as the musical counterpart to the New England Dinosaur Dance Theater. As of 2011 the core ensemble of Dinosaur Annex consists of Donald Berman (kbds), Anne Black (vn/va), Michael Curry (vc), Diane Heffner (cls/saxes), Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin (fls), Katherine V. Matasy (cls/saxes/accdn), and Robert Schulz (perc). Yu-Hui Chang and Sue-Ellen...

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
42 words

... n. [male bravado + supposed resemblance to a dinosaur's neck] ( US black ) the penis. 1980 E. Folb Runnin' Down Some Lines 234: dinosaur Penis. ▪ SE in slang uses ▪ In compounds dinosaur's age ( n. ) see coon's age under coon ...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
45 words

... • Nassau • hacksaw • heartsore • bedsore • Ensor • fretsaw • chainsaw • Esau , seesaw • jigsaw • ripsaw , whipsaw • eyesore • Warsaw • bowsaw • footsore • Luxor • plesiosaur • stegosaur • Arkansas • Chickasaw • dinosaur •...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
42 words

... [M19th] The word dinosaur was coined in 1841 , from Greek words meaning ‘terrible lizard’, the - saurus, also found in saurian [E19th] ‘lizard-like’. People or things that have not adapted to changing times have been condemned as dinosaurs since the...

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The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009

... An extinct reptile of the orders *Ornithischia or *Saurischia . It is a descriptive rather than a taxonomic term and applies only to terrestrial reptiles. Adjectival form: dinosaurian...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006

... a fossil reptile of the Mesozoic era, often reaching an enormous size; in extended usage, a person or thing that is outdated or has become obsolete because of failure to adapt to changing circumstances. Dinosaurs were all extinct by the end of the Cretaceous period (65 million years ago), the most popular theory being that the extinctions were in fact the result of the impact of a large meteorite. The word is recorded from the mid 19th century, and comes from modern Latin dinosaurus from Greek deinos ‘terrible’ + sauros ‘lizard’. It was coined by...

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
5 words
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Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
7 words
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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: English German (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
5 words
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Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: English-French (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
5 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
156 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
153 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
167 words

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