Definition of saurian in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsôrēən/ /ˈsɔriən/

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  • Of or like a lizard.

    ‘a table with saurian legs’
    • ‘It stood up on two thick saurian legs; it was at least 20 feet tall.’
    • ‘One sinister saurian lies along the grassy banks, as patterned and prim - and primed - as a killer handbag.’
    • ‘This saurian symbol of Chinese emperors has been claimed, from the mid-1980s onward, as the common patrimony of all Chinese people.’
    • ‘He looked up and the saurian creature's slitted eyes seemed to stare back at him, taunting him.’


  • Any large reptile, especially a dinosaur or other extinct form.

    ‘We see literally hundreds of saurians in this sequence, representing a diverse range of species, and the excitement and beauty of the story unfold dynamically without a single spoken word.’
    • ‘Megalancosaurus is one of the few putative bird ancestors among basal saurians that has been included in a more global cladistic analysis or in the context of smaller taxonomic groupings.’
    • ‘Jenkins observed that in living saurians humeral motion primarily takes place perpendicular to the saddle's long axis, across the shorter, convex surface.’
    • ‘Their tympanum is not homologous with the tympanum of mammals and saurians (extant diapsids) because it developed independently in all three groups.’


Early 19th century from modern Latin Sauria (see Sauria) + -an.