or·​ni·​thop·​ter | \ ˈȯr-nə-ˌthäp-tər How to pronounce ornithopter (audio) \

Definition of ornithopter

: an aircraft designed to derive its chief support and propulsion from flapping wings

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After selling rubber-band powered dragonfly and swallow ornithopters on their web site, they were featured in a 2002 issue of Popular Science, generating enormous publicity for their projects. John Baichtal, WIRED, "GeekKids & Ornithopters," 3 Oct. 2007

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First Known Use of ornithopter

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ornithopter

International Scientific Vocabulary ornith- + -pter (as in helicopter)

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The first known use of ornithopter was in 1908

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