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Late Latin *saurianus, from Ancient Greek σαύρα (saúra, lizard)


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɔː.ɹi.ən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɔɹ.i.ən/, /ˈsɑɹ.i.ən/
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saurian (plural saurians)

  1. A reptile of the suborder Sauria; a lizard.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VI
      After dinner we all went on deck and watched the unfamiliar scenes of a Capronian night--that is, all but von Schoenvorts. There was less to see than to hear. From the great inland lake behind us came the hissing and the screaming of countless saurians. Above us we heard the flap of giant wings, while from the shore rose the multitudinous voices of a tropical jungle--of a warm, damp atmosphere such as must have enveloped the entire earth during the Palezoic and Mesozoic eras.


saurian (comparative more saurian, superlative most saurian)

  1. Pertaining to the Sauria.
  2. Resembling a lizard.