Sauropterygian meaning

sô-rŏp'tə-rĭj'ē-ən
Any of various extinct aquatic reptiles of the group Sauropterygia that flourished during the Mesozoic Era and included the plesiosaurs.
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Any of various extinct aquatic reptiles of the group Sauropterygia of the Mesozoic Era. Sauropterygians were carnivorous, had paddlelike limbs, and included the plesiosaurs. They were distantly related to the dinosaurs.
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Any extinct lizard of the superorder Sauropterygia.
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Origin of sauropterygian

From New Latin Sauropterygia superorder name Greek sauros lizard Greek pterux pterug- wing, flipper pet- in Indo-European roots