theropod

Definitions of theropod
  1. noun
    any of numerous carnivorous dinosaurs of the Triassic to Cretaceous with short forelimbs that walked or ran on strong hind legs
    synonyms: bird-footed dinosaur, theropod dinosaur
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    ceratosaur, ceratosaurus
    primitive medium-sized theropod; swift-running bipedal carnivorous dinosaur having grasping hands with sharp claws and a short horn between the nostrils; Jurassic in North America
    carnosaur
    large carnivorous bipedal dinosaur having huge claws
    Tyrannosaurus rex, tyrannosaur, tyrannosaurus
    large carnivorous bipedal dinosaur having enormous teeth with knifelike serrations; may have been a scavenger rather than an active predator; later Cretaceous period in North America
    allosaur, allosaurus
    late Jurassic carnivorous dinosaur; similar to but somewhat smaller than tyrannosaurus
    compsognathus
    very small bipedal carnivorous dinosaur of the late Jurassic in Bavaria
    herrerasaur, herrerasaurus
    a kind of theropod dinosaur found in Argentina
    eoraptor
    a theropod dinosaur of the genus Eoraptor
    megalosaur, megalosaurus
    gigantic carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the Jurassic or early Cretaceous in Europe
    ornithomimid
    lightly built medium-sized dinosaur having extremely long limbs and necks with small heads and big brains and large eyes
    maniraptor
    advanced carnivorous theropod
    coelophysis
    one of the oldest known dinosaurs; late Triassic; cannibalistic
    struthiomimus
    small light-boned toothless dinosaur resembling an ostrich in size and proportions
    deinocheirus
    lightly built medium-sized theropod with long limbs and neck
    oviraptorid
    advanced carnivorous theropod
    velociraptor
    small active carnivore that probably fed on protoceratops; possibly related more closely to birds than to other dinosaurs
    dromaeosaur
    a kind of maniraptor
    deinonychus
    swift agile wolf-sized bipedal dinosaur having a large curved claw on each hind foot; of the Cretaceous
    superslasher, utahraptor
    large (20-ft) and swift carnivorous dinosaur having an upright slashing claw 15 inches long on each hind foot; early Cretaceous
    Mononychus olecranus
    a turkey-sized long-legged fossil 75 million years old found in the Gobi Desert having bird-like fused wrist bones and keeled breastbone and a long tail resembling a dinosaur's; short forelimbs end in a single claw instead of wings; classification as bird or dinosaur is in dispute
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    saurischian, saurischian dinosaur
    herbivorous or carnivorous dinosaur having a three-pronged pelvis like that of a crocodile
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