One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or designating members of the family Melanorosauridae of prosauropod dinosaurs of the late Triassic, which were probably quadrupedal.
A dinosaur of the family Melanorosauridae.
1960s; earliest use found in Proceedings Linnean Society. From scientific Latin Melanorosauridae, family name from Melanorosaurus, genus name (S. H. Haughton 1924, in Ann. S. Afr. Mus 12 428; from ancient Greek μέλαν-, μέλας black + ὄρος mountain + σαῦρος lizard: see -saur) + -idae.
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