Definition of sauropod in US English:



  • A very large quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaur with a long neck and tail, small head, and massive limbs.

    Infraorder Sauropoda, suborder Sauropodomorpha, order Saurischia; e.g. apatosaurus, brachiosaurus, and diplodocus

    • ‘The largest sauropods, the brachiosaurs, were the biggest land animals ever, measuring 85 feet long.’
    • ‘Such stomach stones or gastroliths have been reported from the gut regions or found nearby of prosauropods, sauropods and ornithopods.’
    • ‘In other sauropods, the neck vertebrae are at least twice as long as they are tall, according to Rauhut.’
    • ‘Some parts of Australia have traditions of huge reptiles suggestive of long-necked sauropods, the dinosaur group which includes Diplodocus and Apatosaurus.’
    • ‘On the contrary, the morphology and evolution of vertebral pneumaticity in sauropods suggests that their respiratory systems were more similar to those of birds than to those of crocodiles.’


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Sauropoda (plural), from Greek sauros ‘lizard’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.