comp·sog·na·thus (kŏmp-sŏgnə-thəs, kŏmp′səg-nā-)
A carnivorous theropod dinosaur of the genus Compsognathus of the Jurassic Period, characterized by its very small size, thought to be about that of a chicken.
[New Latin genus name : Greek kompsos, refined, delicate + Greek gnathos, jaw; see genu-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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