Meaning of deinonychus in English:


Pronunciation /dʌɪˈnɒnɪkəs/


  • A dromaeosaurid dinosaur of the mid Cretaceous period, growing up to 3.3 m (11 ft) in length.

    Genus Deinonychus, family Dromaeosauridae, suborder Theropoda

    ‘You can see feathered models of deinonychus, with a therizinosaurus in the background.’
    • ‘Utahraptors were the largest species in the class where velociraptors and deinonychuses also belong.’
    • ‘A huge curved claw on each foot made Deinonychus a small but particularly deadly dinosaur of the Cretaceous Period.’
    • ‘Deinonychus antirrhopus is one of the dinosaur species represented in Dinosaur Hall at the Academy of Natural Sciences.’


Modern Latin, from Greek deinos ‘terrible’ + onux, onukh- ‘claw’.