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Last Updated: Thu October 21 2004 11:00 GMT

What's in a name?

The word dinosaur means "terrible lizard" in Greek.

Lots of dinosaurs were named after Greek words which suited their personality or appearance. Some interesting ones are:

  • Velociraptor meaning "speedy robber"
  • Triceratops meaning "three-horned head"
  • Oviraptor meaning "egg-thief" (although it didn't actually steal eggs)
  • Microdontosaurus meaning "tiny-toothed lizard"
  • Maiasaurus meaning "good mother lizard"

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