pteranodon

noun
pter·an·o·don | \tə-ˈra-nə-ˌdän, -ˈrä- \

Definition of pteranodon 

: 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)

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Inside, the skeleton of a great winged pteranodon hangs suspended from the ceiling. Eric Adler And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "After losing millions, can Prairiefire dinosaur museum in Johnson County evolve? | The Kansas City Star," 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, "New mega-dinosaur at Field Museum is named Maximo, unveiled June 1," 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, "In Armand Baltazar’s ‘Timeless,’ People, Dinosaurs and Robots Co-Exist," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of pteranodon

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pteranodon

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

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