Coined by cartoonist Gary Larson in 1982. His comic strip (image on the right) 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.
- (General American) IPA(key): [ˈθæɡəmaɪzɚ]
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): [ˈθæɡəmaɪzə]
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thagomizer (plural thagomizers)
- An arrangement of spikes found on the tails of various stegosaurs.
- 2001, Holtz, Thomas R.; 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, Jeffrey, Gary, Stegosaurus: The Plated Dinosaur, Rosen Publishing Group, →ISBN, 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.
For more quotations using this term, see Citations:thagomizer.