iguanodon definition

  • noun:
    • some of various large dinosaurs regarding the genus Iguanodon, of this Jurassic stage and Cretaceous Period.
    • any one of a few huge dinosaurs, of genus Iguanodon, of this Jurassic and Cretaceous durations
    • A genus of gigantic herbivorous dinosaurs having a birdlike pelvis and enormous hind feet with three-toed legs capable of giving support to the body. Its teeth resemble those of this iguana, whence its title. A number of species are understood, mainly from the Wealden of England and Europe. See Example in Appendix.
    • the conventional genus of this fossil family Iguanodontidæ: so named from similarity associated with teeth to those of Iguana.
    • [lowercase] A species or a specimen associated with genus Iguanodon or family members Iguanodontidæ.
    • massive herbivorous bipedal dinosaur with a long heavy end; common in European countries and north Africa; very early Cretaceous period

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