noun Etymology: New Latin Ceratopsia, from Ceratops, a genus, from Greek kerat-, keras horn + ōps face — more at horn, eye Date: 1909 any of a suborder (Ceratopsia) of ornithischian dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous having horns, a sharp horny beak, and a bony frill projecting backward from the skull • ceratopsian adjective

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  • ceratopsian — n. any of several four footed herbivorous horned dinosaurs with enormous beaked skulls, of the late Cretaceous in North America and Mongolia. Syn: horned dinosaur. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ceratopsian — [ser΄ə täp′sē ən] n. any of a suborder (Ceratopsia) of horned ornithischian dinosaurs of the Cretaceous with a beaklike snout and a bony crest at the back of the head adj. of the ceratopsians …   English World dictionary

  • ceratopsian — 1. adjective Of or belonging to the Ceratopsia suborder of dinosaurs. Triceratops is a Ceratopsian dinosaur. 2. noun Any member of this suborder …   Wiktionary

  • ceratopsian — /ser euh top see euhn/, n. any of several four footed, herbivorous dinosaurs of the suborder Ceratopsia, of the late Cretaceous Period, having an enlarged skull with a beak, a large perforated frill at the back, and, in some species, one or three …   Universalium

  • ceratopsian — [ˌsɛrə tɒpsɪən, ˌkɛr ] noun Palaeontology a gregarious quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaur of a group including triceratops, with a bony frill protecting the neck. Origin early 20th cent.: from mod. L. Ceratopsia (plural, from Gk keras, kerat horn + …   English new terms dictionary

  • ceratopsian — cer·a·top·si·an …   English syllables

  • ceratopsian — /sɛrəˈtɒpsiən/ (say seruh topseeuhn) noun a herbivorous dinosaur of the Cretaceous period, with a parrot like beak formed by the bone of the upper jaw, two horns extending sideways, and a bony frill at the back of the skull. {New Latin Ceratops… …   Australian English dictionary

  • ceratopsian — noun any of several four footed herbivorous dinosaurs with enormous beaked skulls; of the late Cretaceous in North America and Mongolia • Syn: ↑horned dinosaur • Hypernyms: ↑ornithischian, ↑ornithischian dinosaur • Hyponyms: ↑protoceratops, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • horned dinosaur — ceratopsian. * * * …   Universalium

  • Ceratopsia — Unikonta Ceratopsians Temporal range: Late Jurassic – Late Cretaceous, 156–65 Ma …   Wikipedia

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