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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.]
(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
any saurischian dinosaur of the suborder Theropoda, comprising carnivorous dinosaurs that had short forelimbs and moved on powerful hind legs.
[< New Latin Theropoda (1881)]
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.
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|Noun||1.||theropod - 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
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