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.
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”)