from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An extinct primitive bird of the genus Archaeopteryx of the Jurassic Period, having lizardlike characteristics such as teeth and a long bony tail. It may represent a transitional form between dinosaurs and birds.
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- n. Alternative spelling of archæopteryx.
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- n. extinct primitive toothed bird of the Jurassic period having a long feathered tail and hollow bones; usually considered the most primitive of all birds
New Latin Archaeopteryx, genus name : archaeo- + Greek pterux, wing.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)