pterodactyl


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pter·o·dac·tyl

 (tĕr′ə-dăk′təl)
n.
Any of various pterosaurs of the group Pterodactyloidea of the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods, having a short tail or no tail, and including the pteranodons.

[New Latin Pterodactylus, genus name : Greek pteron, feather, wing; see -pter + Greek daktulos, finger.]

pter′o·dac′ty·loid′ n. & adj.

pterodactyl

(ˌtɛrəˈdæktɪl) or

pterodactyle

n
(Palaeontology) any extinct flying reptile of the genus Pterodactylus and related genera, having membranous wings supported on an elongated fourth digit. See also pterosaur
[C19: from ptero- + Greek daktulos finger]

pter•o•dac•tyl

(ˌtɛr əˈdæk tɪl)

n.
any pterosaur, esp. of the sparrow-sized genus Pterodactylus, having a stubby tail and toothed jaws.
[1820–30; < New Latin Pterodactylus < Greek pteró(n) wing + -daktylos -dactylous]
pter`o•dac•tyl′ic, pter`o•dac′tyl•ous, adj.
pter`o•dac′tyl•id, adj., n.
pter`o•dac′tyl•oid`, adj.

pter·o·dac·tyl

(tĕr′ə-dăk′təl)
Any of various small, extinct, flying reptiles of the late Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. The pterodactyls were about the size of small to mid-sized birds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pterodactyl - extinct flying reptilepterodactyl - extinct flying reptile    
flying reptile, pterosaur - an extinct reptile of the Jurassic and Cretaceous having a bird-like beak and membranous wings supported by the very long fourth digit of each forelimb
genus Pterodactylus, Pterodactylus - a reptile genus of Pterodactylidae
Translations

pterodactyl

[ˌterəʊˈdæktɪl] Npterodáctilo m

pterodactyl

nPterodaktylus m

pterodactyl

[ˌtɛrəʊˈdæktɪl] npterodattilo
References in classic literature ?
Here," said he, pointing to the picture of an extraordinary flying monster, "is an excellent reproduction of the dimorphodon, or pterodactyl, a flying reptile of the Jurassic period.
The pyramidal rock upon which I saw and shot the pterodactyl was more accessible.
You will observe that both the pterodactyl and the stegosaurus are Jurassic, and therefore of a great age in the order of life.
The thing appeared to be some variety of pterodactyl, and what with its enormous size and ferocious aspect was most awe-inspiring.
By the time the thipdars had disposed of the last of the slaves the Mahars were all asleep upon their rocks, and a moment later the great pterodactyls swung back to their posts beside the queen, and themselves dropped into slumber.
I can visualize the entire scene--the apelike Grimaldi men huddled in their filthy caves; the huge pterodactyls soaring through the heavy air upon their bat-like wings; the mighty dinosaurs moving their clumsy hulks beneath the dark shadows of preglacial forests--the dragons which we considered myths until science taught us that they were the true recollections of the first man, handed down through countless ages by word of mouth from father to son out of the unrecorded dawn of humanity.
We have been making dinosaurs out of paper plates, making papiermache dinosaur eggs, going on an egg hunt and we have even seen a video showing a pterodactyl flying around our outdoor area.
Unfortunately, the gang has to solve a problem that does not seem to have anything to do with the festive season - the town is being attacked by a pterodactyl.
What do the dodo, mammoth and pterodactyl have in common?
She will be assisted by the Pterodactyl Zord, the only Zord that can soar in the skies.
But everything changes when the first-ever interspecies transfer student, a pterodactyl named Pyke, enrolls at her school.
Because the reptile's skull had features similar to the pterodactyl, researchers were able to better gauge the pterosaur's evolution time frame, even though the pterodactyl hadn't actually evolved yet.