One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large bipedal carnivorous dinosaur of the late Jurassic period.
Genus Allosaurus, suborder Theropoda, order Saurischia
- ‘Kentrosaurus defended itself against attack by flesh-eaters like the allosaurus, by lashing out with its thick strong tail.’
- ‘We need a hominid skeleton and an allosaurus skull.’
- ‘I love those; they're my favorite dinosaur, even better than allosaurus.’
- ‘And then she saw two allosauruses appear and the fight was a lot less even.’
- ‘I do not mean the nimble, fleet-footed ones like the allosaurus; I mean the slow sloth-type ones that we are encountering at the moment.’
Modern Latin, from Greek allos ‘other’ + sauros ‘lizard’.
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