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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.
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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]
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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.
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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.
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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
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Translations

pterodactyl

[ˌterəʊˈdæktɪl] Npterodáctilo m
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pterodactyl

nPterodaktylus m
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pterodactyl

[ˌtɛrəʊˈdæktɪl] npterodattilo
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References in periodicals archive ?
(2011): A new pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Santana Formation (Cretaceous) of Brazil.
"Though Kryptodrakon is the oldest pterodactyloid pterosaur at around 163 million years old, this group of flying reptiles doesn't include all pterosaurs, some of which lived and flew even earlier," she says.
TEHRAN (FNA)- An international research team discovered and named the earliest and most primitive pterodactyloid -- a group of flying reptiles that would go on to become the largest known flying creatures to have ever existed -- and established they flew above Earth some 163 million years ago, longer than previously known.
An international research team has discovered and named the earliest and most primitive pterodactyloid, a group of flying reptiles that would go on to become the largest known flying creatures to have ever existed, and established they flew above the earth some 163 million years ago, longer than previously known.