Meaning of ornithopod in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɔːnɪθəˌpɒd/


  • A mainly bipedal herbivorous dinosaur.

    Infraorder Ornithopoda, order Ornithischia; includes the hadrosaurs, iguanodon, hypsilophodon, etc.

    ‘The ornithopods, for example, depended on fleetness of foot and acute sight and hearing.’
    • ‘Such stomach stones or gastroliths have been reported from the gut regions or found nearby of prosauropods, sauropods and ornithopods.’
    • ‘Virtually all of the common major groups of theropods and ornithopods typical of the Late Cretaceous of northern North America are present.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the much smaller ornithischian dinosaurs - the ornithopods and stegosaurs - browsed on the undergrowth.’
    • ‘The best-known ornithopods are the hadrosaurs, or ‘duckbilled dinosaurs’, but the Clayton Lake tracks are a little too old to have been made by hadrosaurs.’


Late 19th century from modern Latin Ornithopoda, from Greek ornis, ornith- ‘bird’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.