American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various small, mostly tailless, extinct flying reptiles of the order Pterosauria that existed during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An extinct reptile of the genus Pterodactylus or order Pterosauria; a pterosaurian; an ornithosaurian; a flying-dragon. Also pterodactylian.
- n. Any of various small, mostly tailless, extinct flying reptiles of the order Pterosauria that existed during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Paleon.) An extinct flying reptile; one of the Pterosauria. See
- n. extinct flying reptile
- From Ancient Greek πτερόν (pteron, "wing") + δάκτυλος (dactulos, "finger") (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Pterodactylus, genus name : Greek pteron, feather, wing; see -pter + Greek daktulos, finger. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Side note, the music played when Toth-Amon floats off the dark tower balcony and hand-animates into that rad mist-pterodactyl is the some of the best music out of both Conans.”
“A mere explanation that a pterodactyl was a kind of flying reptile belonging to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods was insufficient.”
“No matter a persons' level of scientific knowledge most can identify a picture of a flying reptile as a "pterodactyl".”
“I'd like to hear him try in private, and when he got through trying to spell "pterodactyl" you wouldn't know whether it was a fish or a beast or a bird, and whether it flew on its legs or walked with its wings.”
“Now I'll bet there isn't a man here who can spell "pterodactyl," not even the prisoner at the bar.”
“It’s essentially the same as my version, but instead of having our heroes Basil and Louise in little, white boxes, they’re riding the pterodactyl, which is exactly where they should be.”
“You see, there's this sort of dragonlike flying reptile that used to exist, called a pterodactyl, and this is a flying moon, so - ”
“Duane Hodgkinson, an American World War II veteran, played a key role in living - pterosaur investigations from 2004 through 2007 by giving a detailed description of the "pterodactyl" he and another soldier saw in 1944 in New Guinea (now Papua New Guinea).”
“A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on a shelf in the natural history [...]”
“In the shrinking light, I imagine brontosaurs lumbering up the hillsides and an orange pterodactyl soaring above me.”
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