One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of fossil reptiles of the family Pareiasauridae; (also pareiasaurus) a reptile of this genus, a pareiasaur.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Owen (1804–1892), comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. From scientific Latin Pareiasaurus, genus name from ancient Greek παρειά cheek (from παρα- + the stem of οὖς ear: see oto-) + scientific Latin -saurus.
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