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archaeopteryx

noun ar·chae·op·ter·yx \ˌär-kē-ˈäp-tə-riks\

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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