Adjective "saurian" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈsɔːrɪən/

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Definitions and examples

adjective

Of or like a lizard.
  1. 'One sinister saurian lies along the grassy banks, as patterned and prim - and primed - as a killer handbag.'
  2. 'This saurian symbol of Chinese emperors has been claimed, from the mid-1980s onward, as the common patrimony of all Chinese people.'

noun

Any large reptile, especially a dinosaur or other extinct form.
  1. 'Jenkins observed that in living saurians humeral motion primarily takes place perpendicular to the saddle's long axis, across the shorter, convex surface.'
  2. 'Their tympanum is not homologous with the tympanum of mammals and saurians (extant diapsids) because it developed independently in all three groups.'

Definitions

1. belonging or pertaining to the Sauria, a group of reptiles originally including the lizards, crocodiles, and several extinct forms but now technically restricted to the lizards.

2. resembling a lizard. noun

3. a saurian animal, as a dinosaur or lizard.

More examples(as adjective)

"skullses can be saurian."

"necropolises can be saurian."

"leathers can be saurian."

"calms can be saurian."

Origin

Early 19th century: from modern Latin Sauria (see Sauria) + -an.