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

Examples of ornithopter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mangini layered a cat purr over the ornithopter, with tent straps and beetle wings flapping in the wind. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 13 Mar. 2022 The sequence was a massive collaboration among the behind-the-scenes artisans and starts with the characters flying an ornithopter, a dragonfly-like helicopter, which was practically built from blueprints by production designer Patrice Vermette. Daron James, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 During one Dune scene in which Ferguson is trapped in a birdlike flying machine called an ornithopter, her terror was pushed to its white- knuckle limit. Christian Holub, EW.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Some of da Vinci's most influential designs and inventions include an ornithopter, perpetual motion models, gear systems, a massively gigantic crossbow, and a mobile bridge, among others. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 19 Sep. 2019 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, 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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“Ornithopter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornithopter. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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