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cer·a·top·si·an

 (sĕr′ə-tŏp′sē-ən)
n.
Any of various herbivorous quadrupedal ornithischian dinosaurs of the group Ceratopsia of the Cretaceous Period, having a beaked mouth, usually a bony frill on the back of the skull, and sometimes horns.

[From New Latin Cerātōpsia, suborder name : Greek keras, kerāt-, horn; see ker- in Indo-European roots + Greek ōps, eye, face; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]

cer′a·top′si·an adj.

ceratopsian

(ˌsɛrəˈtɒpsɪən) or

ceratopsid

adj
resembling or belonging to the Ceratopsia, a suborder of herbivorous dinosaurs characterized by their parrot-like beaks, horns, and neck frills
n
a dinosaur of the suborder Ceratopsia

cer·a·top·si·an

(sĕr′ə-tŏp′sē-ən)
Any of various medium-sized to large, plant-eating dinosaurs of the late Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. Ceratopsians walked on four legs and had a broad bony plate covering the neck, a beaked mouth, and one or more horns on the head. Triceratops is an example of a ceratopsian.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ceratopsian - any of several four-footed herbivorous dinosaurs with enormous beaked skullsceratopsian - any of several four-footed herbivorous dinosaurs with enormous beaked skulls; of the late Cretaceous in North America and Mongolia
ornithischian, ornithischian dinosaur - herbivorous dinosaur with a pelvis like that of a bird
Ceratopsia, suborder Ceratopsia - horned dinosaurs
protoceratops - small horned dinosaur
triceratops - huge ceratopsian dinosaur having three horns and the neck heavily armored with a very solid frill
styracosaur, styracosaurus - an unusual ceratopsian dinosaur having many large spikes around the edge of its bony frill and a long nose horn; late Cretaceous
psittacosaur, psittacosaurus - primitive dinosaur actually lacking horns and having only the beginning of a frill; long hind limbs and short forelimbs; may have been bipedal
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