pterodactyl

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noun ptero·dac·tyl \ˌter-ə-ˈdak-təl\

Definition of pterodactyl

  1. :  any of various pterosaurs (suborder Pterodactyloidea) of the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous having a rudimentary tail and a beak with reduced dentition; broadly :  pterosaur

Origin and Etymology of pterodactyl

New Latin Pterodactylus, genus of reptiles, from Greek pteron wing + daktylos finger — more at feather


First Known Use: 1829


PTERODACTYL Defined for English Language Learners

pterodactyl

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noun ptero·dac·tyl \ˌter-ə-ˈdak-təl\

Definition of pterodactyl for English Language Learners

  • : a large flying animal that lived long ago when dinosaurs were alive


PTERODACTYL Defined for Kids

pterodactyl

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noun ptero·dac·tyl \ˌter-ə-ˈdak-təl\

Definition of pterodactyl for Students

  1. :  a very large extinct flying reptile that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs


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