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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plesiosaur, plesiosaurusnoun

    extinct marine reptile with a small head on a long neck a short tail and four paddle-shaped limbs; of the Jurassic and Cretaceous


  1. plesiosaurus

    Plesiosaurus is a genus of extinct, large marine reptiles that lived during the early part of the Jurassic Period. They are characterized by their long necks, small heads, and wide bodies with four long paddle-like flippers. The name Plesiosaurus directly translates to "near-to-lizard". These creatures are part of the larger Plesiosauria group, which includes both long-necked (plesiosaurs) and short-necked (pliosaurs) species.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plesiosaurusnoun

    a genus of large extinct marine reptiles, having a very long neck, a small head, and paddles for swimming. It lived in the Mesozoic age

  2. Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr near + a lizard.]


  1. Plesiosaurus

    Plesiosaurus was a genus of large marine sauropterygian reptile that lived during the early part of the Jurassic Period, and is known by nearly complete skeletons from the Lias of England. Although there are a number of modern day myths surrounding this order of creature, such as the myth of the Loch Ness monster, these creatures are known to be extinct. It is distinguishable by its small head, long and slender neck, broad turtle-like body, a short tail, and two pairs of large, elongated paddles. It lends its name to the order Plesiosauria, of which it is an early, but fairly typical member. It contains only one species, Plesiosaurus dolichodeirus. P. brachypterygius, P. guilielmiiperatoris, and P. tournemirensis were assigned to new genera, Hydrorion, Seeleyosaurus and Occitanosaurus.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plesiosaurus

    plē-zi-o-saw′rus, n. the type or leading genus of a family (Plesiosauridæ) of fossil sea-reptiles, which are characteristic of the Mesozoic systems. [Gr. plēsios, near, sauros, lizard.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Plesiosaurus

    an extinct marine animal with a small head and a long neck.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plesiosaurus in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plesiosaurus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4


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