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saur·is·chi·an

 (sô-rĭs′kē-ən)
n.
Any of various dinosaurs of the order Saurischia, having a pubic bone that points down and forward like that of modern reptiles, and including the sauropods, such as apatosaurus, and the theropods, such as T. rex.

[From New Latin Saurischia, order name : Greek sauros, lizard + Greek iskhion, hip joint.]

saur·is′chi·an adj.

saurischian

(sɔːˈrɪskɪən)
adj
(Palaeontology) of, relating to, or belonging to the Saurischia, an order of late Triassic to Cretaceous dinosaurs including the theropods and sauropods
n
(Palaeontology) any dinosaur belonging to the order Saurischia; a lizard-hipped dinosaur
[C19: from New Latin Saurischia, from saurus + ischium]

saur•is•chi•an

(sɔˈrɪs ki ən)

n.
1. any carnivorous or herbivorous dinosaur of the order Saurischia, in which the pelvic structure resembles that of lizards.
adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the Saurischia.
[< New Latin Saurischi(a) (1887) (Greek saûr(os) lizard + Latin ischi(um) ischium]

saur·is·chi·an

(sô-rĭs′kē-ən)
One of the two main types of dinosaurs. Saurischians have a pelvis similar to that of modern reptiles, and include the meat-eating theropods and the plant-eating sauropods. Compare ornithischian.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saurischian - herbivorous or carnivorous dinosaur having a three-pronged pelvis like that of a crocodile
dinosaur - any of numerous extinct terrestrial reptiles of the Mesozoic era
order Saurischia, Saurischia - extinct terrestrial reptiles: theropods (carnivorous); sauropods (herbivorous)
sauropod, sauropod dinosaur - very large herbivorous dinosaur of the Jurassic and Cretaceous having a small head a long neck and tail and five-toed limbs; largest known land animal
bird-footed dinosaur, theropod, theropod dinosaur - any of numerous carnivorous dinosaurs of the Triassic to Cretaceous with short forelimbs that walked or ran on strong hind legs
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