pterodactyl

noun ptero·dac·tyl \ ˌter-ə-ˈdak-tᵊl \

Definition of pterodactyl

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

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Origin and Etymology of pterodactyl

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


PTERODACTYL Defined for English Language Learners

pterodactyl

noun

Definition of pterodactyl for English Language Learners

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


PTERODACTYL Defined for Kids

pterodactyl

noun ptero·dac·tyl \ ˌter-ə-ˈdak-tᵊl \

Definition of pterodactyl for Students

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

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