thagomizer

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thagomizer
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Coined by Gary Larson in 1982. His comic strip shows a caveman giving a lecture illustrating this part of a dinosaur, with the caption "Now this end is called the thagomizer... after the late Thag Simmons". See -ize, -er.

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thagomizer (plural thagomizers)

  1. An arrangement of spikes found on the tails of various stegosaurs.
    • 2001, Thomas R. Holtz; Riley, Terry, The Little Giant Book of Dinosaurs, page 54:
      Like the thagomizer of the stegosaur, the ankylosaurid tail club was probably used to smash into attackers.
    • 2008 August 1, Gary Jeffrey, Stegosaurus: The Plated Dinosaur, Rosen Publishing Group, ISBN 9781404277137, LCCN 2007050587, OCLC 678490823, OL 25175316M, page 30:
      An Allosaurus backbone had a hole in which a Stegosaurus thagomizer fitted perfectly. Over the years, many of the fossil thagomizers that have been dug up have had broken tips.
    • 2008 September 17, L. E. Simmons, The Lady of Gold, edition First, SnapDragon Adventures 1, Lulu.com, ISBN 9780557006380, LCCN 2008908645, page 135:
      "Not like that," Snap growled, raising her four fists, swishing her thagomizer around threateningly.

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