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the·ro·pod

 (thîr′ə-pŏd′)
n.
Any of various chiefly carnivorous saurischian dinosaurs of the large group Theropoda, characterized by bipedal locomotion, long jaws, and short forelimbs, and including allosaurus and velociraptor.

[From New Latin Thēropoda, suborder name : Greek thēr, wild beast; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots + New Latin -poda, -pod.]

the′ro·pod′ adj.

theropod

(ˈθɪərəpɒd)
n
(Palaeontology) any bipedal carnivorous saurischian dinosaur of the suborder Theropoda, having strong hind legs and grasping hands. They lived in Triassic to Cretaceous times and included tyrannosaurs and megalosaurs
[C19: from New Latin theropoda, from Greek thēr beast + pous foot]
theropodan n, adj

the•ro•pod

(ˈθɪər əˌpɒd)

n.
any saurischian dinosaur of the suborder Theropoda, comprising carnivorous dinosaurs that had short forelimbs and moved on powerful hind legs.
[< New Latin Theropoda (1881)]

the·ro·pod

(thîr′ə-pŏd′)
One of the two main types of saurischian dinosaurs, widespread during the Mesozoic Era. Theropods were meat eaters, walked on two legs, and had small forelimbs and a large skull with long jaws and sharp teeth. Most theropods were of small or medium size, but some grew very large, like the tyrannosaurus. Compare sauropod.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.theropod - any of numerous carnivorous dinosaurs of the Triassic to Cretaceous with short forelimbs that walked or ran on strong hind legstheropod - any of numerous carnivorous dinosaurs of the Triassic to Cretaceous with short forelimbs that walked or ran on strong hind legs
saurischian, saurischian dinosaur - herbivorous or carnivorous dinosaur having a three-pronged pelvis like that of a crocodile
suborder Theropoda, Theropoda - carnivorous saurischian dinosaurs with short forelimbs; Jurassic and Cretaceous
ceratosaur, ceratosaurus - primitive medium-sized theropod; swift-running bipedal carnivorous dinosaur having grasping hands with sharp claws and a short horn between the nostrils; Jurassic in North America
carnosaur - large carnivorous bipedal dinosaur having huge claws
tyrannosaur, tyrannosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex - large carnivorous bipedal dinosaur having enormous teeth with knifelike serrations; may have been a scavenger rather than an active predator; later Cretaceous period in North America
allosaur, allosaurus - late Jurassic carnivorous dinosaur; similar to but somewhat smaller than tyrannosaurus
compsognathus - very small bipedal carnivorous dinosaur of the late Jurassic in Bavaria
herrerasaur, herrerasaurus - a kind of theropod dinosaur found in Argentina
eoraptor - a theropod dinosaur of the genus Eoraptor
megalosaur, megalosaurus - gigantic carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the Jurassic or early Cretaceous in Europe
ornithomimid - lightly built medium-sized dinosaur having extremely long limbs and necks with small heads and big brains and large eyes
maniraptor - advanced carnivorous theropod
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At equivalent relative speeds, a small theropod will be moving in a decidedly different fashion to a large theropod," according to the study.
by Agence France-PresseThe footprint of the medium-sized theropod was found by palaeontologists in 2006 at Flat Rocks in Victoria state -- one of only a handful of polar, or ice-age, dinosaur sites in the world.
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The Welsh "dragon", which belonged to the large theropod dinosaur family, is thought to be one of the oldest known Jurassic dinosaurs.
2013: A Theropod dinosaur, dating from 161 |million years ago was discovered in China.
Chilesaurus is the first herbivorous theropod, a lineage that includes mainly predatory dinosaurs, from the southern hemisphere.
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Saurischian "lizard-hipped" theropod dinosaurs such as T-Rex and velociraptor are the ancestors to some lizards and I birds such as emus, ostriches, eagles, and chickens.