pterosaur
noun Etymology: New Latin Pterosauria, from Greek pteron wing + sauros lizard Date: 1862 any of an order (Pterosauria) of extinct flying reptiles existing from the Late Triassic throughout the Jurassic and most of the Cretaceous and having a featherless wing membrane extending from the side of the body along the arm to the end of the greatly elongated fourth digit

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Pterosaur — Pter o*saur, n. [Gr. ? wind + ? a lizard.] (Paleon.) A pterodactyl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pterosaur — ► NOUN ▪ a fossil warm blooded flying reptile of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with membranous wings supported by a greatly lengthened fourth finger. ORIGIN from Greek pteron wing + sauros lizard …   English terms dictionary

  • pterosaur — [ter′ə sôr΄] n. [< ModL Pterosaurus: see PTERO & SAUR] any of an order (Pterosauria) of flying reptiles of the Mesozoic Era, having wings of skin stretched along the body between the hind limbs and the very long fourth digits of each forelimb …   English World dictionary

  • Pterosaur — Pterosaurs Temporal range: Late Triassic–Late Cretaceous, 220–65 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • pterosaur — /ter euh sawr /, n. any flying reptile of the extinct order Pterosauria, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, having the outside digit of the forelimb greatly elongated and supporting a wing membrane. [1860 65; < NL Pterosauria; see PTERO ,… …   Universalium

  • pterosaur — noun /ˈtɛɹəˌsɔɹ/ any of several extinct flying reptiles, of the order Pterosauria, including the pterodactyls …   Wiktionary

  • pterosaur — [ tɛrəsɔ:] noun a fossil warm blooded flying reptile of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with membranous wings supported by a greatly lengthened fourth finger. Origin C19: from mod. L. Pterosauria, from Gk pteron wing + sauros lizard …   English new terms dictionary

  • pterosaur — ptero·saur …   English syllables

  • pterosaur — pter•o•saur [[t]ˈtɛr əˌsɔr[/t]] n. pal any extinct flying reptile of the Jurassic and Cretaceous order Pterosauria characterized by membranous wings supported by one elongated finger on each hand • Etymology: 1860–65; < NL Pterosauria …   From formal English to slang

  • pterosaur — /ˈtɛrəsɔ/ (say teruhsaw) noun a creature related to the dinosaur, capable of active flight, ranging in size from a bird to a small plane; extinct from the end of the Cretaceous period. {ptero + (dino)saur} …   Australian English dictionary

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