Ar·​chae·​op·​ter·​is | \ ˌärkēˈäptərə̇s \

Definition of Archaeopteris

: a genus of fossil plants especially characteristic of the Devonian that were formerly regarded as ferns but are now generally included in the order Cycadofilicales

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First Known Use of Archaeopteris

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Archaeopteris

New Latin, from archae- + -pteris

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“Archaeopteris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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