Pterodactyl
Pterodactyl Pter`o*dac"tyl, n. [Gr. ? a wing + ? finger, toe: cf. F. pt['e]rodactyle.] (Paleon.) An extinct flying reptile; one of the Pterosauria. See Illustration in Appendix. [1913 Webster]

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  • pterodactyl — 1830, from Fr. ptérodactyle (1821), from the Modern Latin genus name, from Gk. pteron wing (from PIE root *pet fly; see PETITION (Cf. petition)) + daktylos finger (see DACTYL (Cf. dactyl)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pterodactyl — ► NOUN ▪ a pterosaur of the late Jurassic period, with a long slender head and neck. ORIGIN from Greek pteron wing + daktulos finger …   English terms dictionary

  • pterodactyl — [ter΄ə dak′təl] n. [< ModL Pterodactylus: see PTERO & DACTYL] 1. PTEROSAUR: now a loose usage 2. any of a suborder (Pterodactyloidea) of pterosaurs of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods; specif., any of a genus (Pterodactylus) of this… …   English World dictionary

  • pterodactyl — UK [ˌterəʊˈdæktɪl] / US [ˌterəˈdækt(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms pterodactyl : singular pterodactyl plural pterodactyls a flying reptile that lived millions of years ago …   English dictionary

  • pterodactyl — pterodactylic, pterodactylous, adj. pterodactylid, adj., n. pterodactyloid, adj. /ter euh dak til/, n. any of a number of genera of flying reptiles of the extinct order Pterosauria, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, having a highly… …   Universalium

  • pterodactyl — [19] Pterodactyl means literally ‘wing finger’. It was coined in the early 19th century, as Latin pterodactylus, from Greek pterón ‘wing’ (source of English helicopter, and descendant of the Indo European base *pet ‘fly’, which also produced… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • pterodactyl —   n. extinct featherless flying reptile.    ♦ pterodactylian,    ♦ pterodactylic,    ♦ pterodactylid,    ♦ pterodactylous, a.    ♦ pterodactyloid, a. like a pterodactyl …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • pterodactyl — [19] Pterodactyl means literally ‘wing finger’. It was coined in the early 19th century, as Latin pterodactylus, from Greek pterón ‘wing’ (source of English helicopter, and descendant of the Indo European base *pet ‘fly’, which also produced… …   Word origins

  • pterodactyl — noun Etymology: New Latin Pterodactylus, genus of reptiles, from Greek pteron wing + daktylos finger more at feather Date: 1830 any of various pterosaurs (suborder Pterodactyloidea) of the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous having a rudimentary tail… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pterodactyl — noun /ˌtɛɹəˈdæktl̩,ˌtɛɹəˈdæktɪl/ Any of various small, mostly tailless, extinct flying reptiles of the order Pterosauria that existed during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods See Also: pterosaur …   Wiktionary

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