iguanodon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n iguanodon massive herbivorous bipedal dinosaur with a long heavy tail; common in Europe and northern Africa; early Cretaceous period
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Iguanodon (Paleon) A genus of gigantic herbivorous dinosaurs having a birdlike pelvis and large hind legs with three-toed feet capable of supporting the entire body. Its teeth resemble those of the iguana, whence its name. Several species are known, mostly from the Wealden of England and Europe. See Illustration in Appendix.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n iguanodon The typical genus of the fossil family Iguanodontidæ: so called from the resemblance of the teeth to those of Iguana. The species, of which several are described, were of gigantic size, some being 30 feet long. They stood up on their hind limbs, which were long and strong in comparison with the fore limbs; the latter were used for prehension rather than for locomotion. The tail was long and heavy, serving to steady the animal in the erect posture and for swimming. The best-preserved specimen, an almost perfect skeleton, is that of I. bernissartensis, found in Belgium, which, as mounted, stands 14 feet high and covers a horizontal line 28 feet long.
    • n iguanodon [lowercase] A species or a specimen of the genus Iguanodon or family Iguanodontidæ. The name is also loosely used for many related reptiles, being thus almost synonymous with dinosaur or dinosaurian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Iguanodon i-gwä′no-don a large extinct herbivorous reptile, with teeth like those of the iguana.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Iguana, + Gr. , , a tooth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Iguana, and Gr. odous, odontos, a tooth.

Usage

In literature:

The iguanodon glade was the scene of a horrible butchery.
"The Lost World" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Did you say a iguanodon?
"Dream Days" by Kenneth Grahame
The familiar Iguanodon is the chief representative of this order in Europe.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
Did you say a iguanodon?
"Dream Days" by Kenneth Grahame
Where the iguanodon lived the elephant might have lived, but there was no elephant at that time.
"A History of Science, Volume 4(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Its eyes were dim with tears, for it was still thinking of the Iguanodon and ichthyosaurus, and of the good old days before the Flood.
"Dot and the Kangaroo" by Ethel C. Pedley
There's a dear old Iguanodon.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
The Iguanodon is European, the others North American.
"Dinosaurs" by William Diller Matthew
I resembled a being of one of the antediluvian eras, when I came to land, finally, and might have been taken for a slimy Iguanodon.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
The horse is as unknown as the pterodactyl, icthyosaurus, dodo, iguanodon, mastodon, great awk.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
The principal one was the Iguanodon.
"The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight" by J. Cecil Hughes
Did you say a iguanodon?
"Dream Days" by Kenneth Grahame
The iguanodon was an herbivorous terrestrial reptile that formerly inhabited England.
"The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences" by Edward Hitchcock
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In news:

Iggy Iguanodon shows the Pteranodon family his unique way of walking.
Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World still manages to conjure images of prehistoric iguanodons and stegosauruses, don't imagine mountaintops teeming with exotic fauna.
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