Meaning of allosaurus in English:


Pronunciation /ˌalə(ʊ)ˈsɔːrəs/


(also allosaur)
  • A large bipedal carnivorous dinosaur of the late Jurassic period.

    Genus Allosaurus, suborder Theropoda, order Saurischia

    ‘We need a hominid skeleton and an allosaurus skull.’
    • ‘And then she saw two allosauruses appear and the fight was a lot less even.’
    • ‘I do not mean the nimble, fleet-footed ones like the allosaurus; I mean the slow sloth-type ones that we are encountering at the moment.’
    • ‘Kentrosaurus defended itself against attack by flesh-eaters like the allosaurus, by lashing out with its thick strong tail.’
    • ‘I love those; they're my favorite dinosaur, even better than allosaurus.’


Modern Latin, from Greek allos ‘other’ + sauros ‘lizard’.