pteranodon

noun

pter·​an·​o·​don tə-ˈra-nə-ˌdän How to pronounce pteranodon (audio) -ˈrä- How to pronounce pteranodon (audio)
: any of a genus (Pteranodon) of Cretaceous pterosaurs having a backwardly directed bony crest on the skull and a wingspan of about 25 feet (7.7 meters)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Inside, the skeleton of a great winged pteranodon hangs suspended from the ceiling. Eric Adler And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, 18 May 2018 As part of a makeover of the central hall in the museum’s 125th anniversary year, the two-story tall titanosaur will be surrounded by flying reptile models such as pteranodons, and a new hanging garden will occupy nearby airspace. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 11 May 2018 Inside, the skeleton of a great winged pteranodon hangs suspended from the ceiling. Eric Adler And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, 18 May 2018 As part of a makeover of the central hall in the museum’s 125th anniversary year, the two-story tall titanosaur will be surrounded by flying reptile models such as pteranodons, and a new hanging garden will occupy nearby airspace. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 11 May 2018 Kids will swoon over Baltazar’s illustrations of World War II fighters strafing robots as pteranodons swoop by. Adam Gidwitz, New York Times, 15 Dec. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek pteron wing + anodōn toothless from an- + odōn, odous tooth — more at feather, tooth

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pteranodon was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Pteranodon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pteranodon. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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