One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A fossil reptile of the Mesozoic era, often reaching an enormous size.
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- ‘The size of dinosaurs, whales, and elephants should serve as an example.’
- ‘The layer was generally at the place in the fossil record where the dinosaurs disappeared.’
- ‘There is the added question of how the dinosaurs are to be fossilised in a desert.’
- ‘The ornithopod dinosaurs that left these tracks may have been quadrupedal, walking on all fours.’
- ‘At the time, paleontologists were stuck in a reptilian perspective on dinosaurs.’
- ‘He was also able to travel to Bloemfontein to compare the fossils with those of an early dinosaur in the National Museum.’
- ‘The dinosaurs of the Mesozoic era in a sense presaged the birds and mammals of the Cenozoic era.’
- ‘We are so used to the enormous size of dinosaurs that we almost forget to think about how they grew to be so large.’
- ‘His work provided strong, compelling support for the theory that birds are theropod dinosaurs.’
- ‘At the foot of the mountain, colourful fossils of shells and dinosaurs add a mysterious flavour to the place.’
- ‘If it is alive then it probably is not a dinosaur, since dinosaurs are extinct.’
- ‘They do still have two skeletons of Tarbosaurus, a theropod dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex.’
- ‘There were many kinds of ornithischian dinosaurs, dating back to the early Jurassic.’
- ‘More distantly related to true dinosaurs were the marine plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs.’
- ‘These great birds were the last successors of the mighty theropod dinosaurs of the Mesozoic.’
- ‘These were the fragmentary remains of an armored dinosaur, an ankylosaur.’
- ‘The ornithodires went on to produce pterosaurs and dinosaurs, including the birds.’
- ‘Ichthyosaurs were not dinosaurs, but represent a separate group of marine vertebrates.’
- ‘Birds arose from theropod dinosaurs at some point in the Jurassic, according to present knowledge.’
- ‘It was a fairly large dinosaur, the same size as the future Tyrannosaurus Rex.’
2A person or thing that is outdated or has become obsolete because of failure to adapt to changing circumstances.
- ‘I still get invites but I feel like a dinosaur and a bit of a has-been now.’
- ‘She said: "I suppose at 30 I'm considered a bit of a dinosaur in the industry."’
- ‘He is like a Tyrannosaurus Rex, leading a herd of corporate dinosaurs over the cliff and bellowing as he goes.’
- ‘This ballet is a bit of a dinosaur.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin dinosaurus, from Greek deinos ‘terrible’ + sauros ‘lizard’.
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