archaeopteryx

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

Definition of archaeopteryx

  1. :  a primitive crow-sized bird (genus Archaeopteryx) of the Upper Jurassic period of Europe having reptilian characteristics (such as teeth and a long bony tail)

Origin and Etymology 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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