One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A huge herbivorous dinosaur of the late Jurassic period, with a long neck and tail.
Genus Apatosaurus (popularly Brontosaurus), infraorder Sauropoda, order SaurischiaAlso called brontosaur
- ‘He said continuing research into the species is important because of larger evolutionary questions, including their relationship to the much larger sauropod dinosaurs, including brachiousaurus and apatosaurus.’
- ‘And one of the marvelous things God described to Job sounds very much like an apatosaurus.’
- ‘As Christians who reject evolutionary theory, the family scoffed at the park's dinosaur attractions, which date the apatosaurus, brachiosaurus and the like to prehistoric times.’
Modern Latin, from Greek apatē ‘deceit’ + sauros ‘lizard’.
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