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bron·to·saur·us

 (brŏn′tə-sôr′əs) or bron·to·saur (brŏn′tə-sôr′)
n.
An apatosaurus.

[New Latin Brontosaurus, former genus name : Greek brontē, thunder + Greek sauros, lizard.]
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brontosaurus

(ˌbrɒntəˈsɔːrəs) or

brontosaur

n
(Animals) any very large herbivorous quadrupedal dinosaur of the genus Apatosaurus, common in North America during Jurassic times, having a long neck and long tail: suborder Sauropoda (sauropods)
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek brontē thunder + sauros lizard]
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bron•to•sau•rus

(ˌbrɒn təˈsɔr əs)
n., pl. -sau•rus•es, -sau•ri (-ˈsɔr aɪ)
brontosaur (def. 1).
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bron·to·sau·rus

(brŏn′tə-sôr′əs) or bron·to·saur (brŏn′tə-sôr′)
An earlier name for apatosaurus.
Word History Take a little deception, add a little excitement, stir them with a century-long mistake, and you have the mystery of the brontosaurus. Specifically, you have the mystery of its name. For 100 years this 70-foot-long, 30-ton vegetarian giant had two names. This case of double identity began in 1877, when bones of a large dinosaur were discovered. The creature was dubbed apatosaurus, a name that meant "deceptive lizard" or "unreal lizard." Two years later, bones of a larger dinosaur were found, and in all the excitement, scientists named it brontosaurus or "thunder lizard." This name stuck until scientists decided it was all a mistake—the two sets of bones actually belonged to the same type of dinosaur. Since it is a rule in taxonomy that the first name given to a newly discovered organism is the one that must be used, scientists have had to use the term apatosaurus. But "thunder lizard" had found a lot of popular appeal, and many people still prefer to call the beast brontosaurus.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brontosaurus - huge quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaur common in North America in the late Jurassicbrontosaurus - huge quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaur common in North America in the late Jurassic
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
genus Apatosaurus, genus Brontosaurus - large quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaurs with very long neck and tail; late Jurassic
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Translations

brontosaurus

[ˌbrɒntəˈsɔːraɪ] N (brontosauruses or brontosauri (pl)) → brontosaurio m
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brontosaurus

nBrontosaurus m
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brontosaurus

[ˌbrɒntəˈsɔːrəs] nbrontosauro
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References in periodicals archive ?
"People's popular ideas tend not to keep up with the science, so you'll find some people tend to draw T-Rexes at a 45-degree angle or they talk about Brontosaurs in a swamp and things like that.
Similarly, in "Abrupt Extinctions at the End of the Cretaceous," we are ostensibly allowed insight into the demise of the brontosaurs, as the saurian narrator kicks off the story with the anticlimactic explanation for the extinction, "We were tired.
Large, four-legged brontosaurs and swift, bipedal theropods blazed those trails across the gently sloping shores of a freshwater lake about 150 million years ago, says Katherine McCarville of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.