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pterodactyl

noun ptero·dac·tyl \ˌter-ə-ˈdak-təl\

: a large flying animal that lived long ago when dinosaurs were alive

Full Definition of PTERODACTYL

:  any of various pterosaurs (suborder Pterodactyloidea) of the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous having a rudimentary tail and a beak with reduced dentition; broadly :  pterosaur

Origin of PTERODACTYL

New Latin Pterodactylus, genus of reptiles, from Greek pteron wing + daktylos finger — more at feather
First Known Use: 1830

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