Definition of iguanodon in English:



  • A large partly bipedal herbivorous dinosaur of the early to mid Cretaceous period, with a broad stiff tail and the thumb developed into a spike.

    Genus Iguanodon, infraorder Ornithopoda, order Ornithischia

    • ‘Aladar the iguanodon, the Tarzan of the dinosaur world, is raised by lemurs.’
    • ‘While still but a lowly egg, a baby iguanodon becomes permanently separated from his momma during a vicious carnosaur attack.’
    • ‘Still more shadowy were the sinister crocodilian outlines - alligators and other horrible reptiles, culminating in the colossal lizard, the iguanodon.’
    • ‘In the story, set over 65 million years ago, an iguanodon hatchling named Aladar is separated from his family.’


Modern Latin, from iguana + Greek odous, odont- ‘tooth’ (because its teeth resemble those of the iguana).