coelophysis

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coe·lo·phy·sis

 (sē′lə-fī′sĭs)
n.
A small carnivorous theropod dinosaur of the genus Coelophysis of the Triassic Period, having a long neck and tail and an elongated snout.

[New Latin Coelophysis, genus name : Greek koilos, hollow; see keuə- in Indo-European roots + Greek phusis, form; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.coelophysis - one of the oldest known dinosaurscoelophysis - one of the oldest known dinosaurs; late Triassic; cannibalistic
genus Ceratosaurus - primitive saurischian carnivorous dinosaurs
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
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