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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small, mostly tailless, extinct flying reptiles of the order Pterosauria that existed during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various small, mostly tailless, extinct flying reptiles of the order Pterosauria that existed during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An extinct flying reptile; one of the Pterosauria. See Illustration in Appendix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An extinct reptile of the genus Pterodactylus or order Pterosauria; a pterosaurian; an ornithosaurian; a flying-dragon. Also pterodactylian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extinct flying reptile

Etymologies

New Latin Pterodactylus, genus name : Greek pteron, feather, wing; see -pter + Greek daktulos, finger.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek πτερόν (pteron, "wing") + δάκτυλος (dactulos, "finger") (Wiktionary)

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  • *pays ptoll pto pthe pterodactyl*

    December 2, 2011

  • UAV! Now we know what ptero's REALLY been up to lately...

    March 12, 2010

  • An off-road Guzzladon, maybe? How about a list of Prehistoric SUV Names instead?

    September 1, 2008

  • I've known since about age 5 -- my dinosaur phase -- that pterodactyls are not dinosaurs. (And being 5, I would go around telling this to everyone. Five-year-olds are masters of the non sequitur).

    What I didn't find out until recently is that, while some pterosaurs were quite large, pterodactylus was fairly small.

    Quoting Wikipedia:

    "Pterodactylus was a relatively small pterosaur genus, with adult wingspans ranging from 50 centimeters (1.5 ft) in P. kochi to 2.4 meters (8 ft) in P. grandis."


    I feel diminished. I feel inadequate. I feel like I need to go out and buy a huge prehistoric SUV to compensate.

    September 1, 2008

  • "Pterodactyls or pterodactyloids (meaning "winged finger") were flying, prehistoric reptiles. They were a subgroup of pterosaurs and were not dinosaurs." (As I'm sure ptero would tell us.) (enchantedlearning.com)

    August 29, 2008