A large carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the mid Jurassic period, whose remains have been found only in England.
Genus Megalosaurus, suborder Theropoda, order Saurischia‘The discovery of the megalosaurus near Minchinhampton happened years before the word ‘dinosaur’ had even been coined.’
- ‘Clearly the megalosaurus in the opening passage of Bleak House is a flight of hyperbolic fancy (inspired, I would guess, by the papier-mâché dinosaurs constructed for the Crystal Palace Exhibition, a couple of years earlier).’
- ‘'Iguanodons grew to five metres tall, while megalosauruses grew even taller, to eight metres,’ she said.’
Modern Latin, from megalo-‘great’ + Greek sauros ‘lizard’.
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