A large carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the mid Jurassic period, whose remains have been found only in England and France.
Genus Megalosaurus, suborder Theropoda, order Saurischia; the first dinosaur to be described and named (1824)‘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’.