One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large partly bipedal herbivorous dinosaur of the early to mid Cretaceous period, with a broad stiff tail and the thumb developed into a spike.
- ‘Aladar the iguanodon, the Tarzan of the dinosaur world, is raised by lemurs.’
- ‘Still more shadowy were the sinister crocodilian outlines - alligators and other horrible reptiles, culminating in the colossal lizard, the iguanodon.’
- ‘While still but a lowly egg, a baby iguanodon becomes permanently separated from his momma during a vicious carnosaur attack.’
- ‘In the story, set over 65 million years ago, an iguanodon hatchling named Aladar is separated from his family.’
Modern Latin, from iguana + Greek odous, odont- ‘tooth’ (because its teeth resemble those of the iguana).
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