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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.]
(Palaeontology) of, relating to, or belonging to the Saurischia, an order of late Triassic to Cretaceous dinosaurs including the theropods and sauropods
(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)
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]
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.
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|Noun||1.||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