Meaning of dromaeosaurid in English:


(also dromaeosaur)

Pronunciation /ˌdrəʊmɪə(ʊ)ˈsɔːrɪd/


  • A carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of a late Cretaceous family which included deinonychus and the velociraptors. They had a large slashing claw on each hind foot.

    Family Dromaeosauridae, suborder Theropoda, order Saurischia

    ‘We know that it is a dromaeosaur, a theropod and relative of Velociraptor.’
    • ‘This southern radiation parallels the spread of small theropods such as the dromaeosaurids, or ‘raptors,’ through the Northern Hemisphere during the same time period.’
    • ‘Popular Science reviews the discovery of a well-preserved fossil of the ‘feathered’ dinosaur known as a dromaeosaur.’
    • ‘There are also asymmetric flight feathers preserved on the wing and near the hind limbs of a dromaeosaurid.’
    • ‘Yes, there was a group of animals called dromaeosaurs which included animals such as Velociraptor.’


1970s from modern Latin Dromaeosauridae, based on Greek dromaios ‘swift-running’ + sauros ‘lizard’.