One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A partly bipedal herbivorous dinosaur of the mid Cretaceous period, having a parrot-like beak and probably ancestral to other ceratopsians.
Genus Psittacosaurus, infraorder Ceratopsia, order Ornithischia
- ‘Psittacosaurus, meaning 'parrot lizard,' was a small, primitive ceratopsian, a plant-eating dinosaur.’
- ‘The Psittacosaurus was a strong, agile dinosaur with a powerful beak. A plant-eater, it lived in northeastern Asia between 144 million and 97 million years ago.’
Modern Latin, from Greek psittakos ‘parrot’ + sauros ‘lizard’.
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