One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A huge herbivorous dinosaur of the late Jurassic to mid Cretaceous periods, with forelegs much longer than the hind legs.
Genus Brachiosaurus, infraorder Sauropoda, order Saurischia
- ‘Apparently, palaeontologists have wondered for years as to why the brachiosaurus didn't collapse under its own weight.’
- ‘The huge size of brachiosaurs led some researchers to suggest that they spent most of their time submerged in water.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Two brachiosauri with a Christ complex walk across a prehistoric lake mural on the side of the building.’
- ‘They found embedded in solid rock what they believe to be the pelvis of a primitive sauropod, a four-legged, plant-eating dinosaur similar to better-known creatures such as brachiosaurus and diplodocus.’
Modern Latin, from Greek brakhiōn ‘arm’ + sauros ‘lizard’.
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