Definition of archaeopteryx
: a primitive crow-sized bird (genus Archaeopteryx) of the Upper Jurassic period of Europe having reptilian characteristics (as teeth and a long bony tail)
Origin of archaeopteryx
New Latin, from archae- + Greek pteryx wing; akin to Greek pteron wing — more at feather
First Known Use: 1859
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