Compsognathus meaning

kŏmp-sŏgnə-thəs, kŏmpsəg-nā-
A carnivorous theropod dinosaur of the genus Compsognathus of the Jurassic Period, characterized by its very small size, thought to be about that of a chicken.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Compsognathidae — small, bipedal, carnivorous theropod dinosaurs, about the size of a turkey, which lived around 150 million years ago.
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Origin of compsognathus

  • New Latin genus name Greek kompsos refined, delicate Greek gnathos jaw genu-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined from Ancient Greek κομψός (kompsos, “elegant, refined, or dainty”) + γνάθος (gnathos, “jaw”)

    From Wiktionary