[view·edit·purge]The English name comes from the combination of "dire" and "saur", from the Greek meaning "lizard". The "dire" prefix used in reference to a larger/more ferocious version of a monster comes from Dungeons & Dragons, based on the real world dire wolf/wolf dichotomy. "Dire" means "serious" or "grave". "Diresaur" also sounds similar to "dinosaur".
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