Ornithopod definition

ôr-nĭthə-pŏd
Any of various herbivorous ornithischian dinosaurs of the group Ornithopoda, often having specialized dentition for grinding plant food, and including the hadrosaurs.
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Any of a suborder (Ornithopoda) of ornithischian dinosaurs that walked upright on digitigrade hind feet.
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One of the main types of ornithischian dinosaurs, including the hadrosaurs. Ornithopods walked on their hind legs and had three blunt toes on each foot. They lived from the late Triassic Period until the end of the Cretaceous Period.
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A type of bipedal, herbivorous, bird-hipped dinosaur from the Cretaceous period, found on all seven continents.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ornithopod
Plural:
ornithopods

Origin of ornithopod

  • New Latin Ornīthopoda suborder name ornitho– (from resemblance of their hind feet to those of modern birds) New Latin -poda -pod

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