Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various extinct flying reptiles of the order Pterosauria, including the pterodactyls, of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, characterized by wings consisting of a flap of skin supported by the very long fourth digit on each forelimb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of several extinct flying reptiles, of the order Pterosauria, including the pterodactyls

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pterodactyl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the Pterosauria; a pterodactyl.

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

  • n. 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

Etymologies

From New Latin Pterosauria, order name : Greek pteron, feather, wing; see -pter + Greek sauros, lizard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • While this pterosaur is incomplete, the patagial edge is continuous, smoothly concave, and grades neatly into the side of the tarsus (see images above: click on them for larger versions).

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  • The first dsungaripterid pterosaur from the Kimmeridgian of Germany and the biomechanics of pterosaur long bones.

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  • I got yours and Luis 'and loved both, but I have to say that sleigh - pulling pterosaur is very cool!

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  • (And, I know that there is at least one investigation in northern Mexico now, for "pterosaur" - like creatures.)

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  • Arbour states that the pterosaur was a scavenger, and probably patrolled the skies with its wide wingspan.

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  • Fossil imprints of the landing tracks of a flying dinosaur called the pterosaur have been found in southwestern France.

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  • I too have a hard time fathoming how a big pterosaur could take off from the ground, but it's a lot easier to imagine if the pterosaur is a free-legged one.

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  • However, beyond being labelled "pterosaur", the fossil had not been formally described.

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  • The pterosaur was a pterodactyloid flying lizard, with a wingspan no larger than three feet

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  • A pterosaur was a winged creature closely related to both crocodiles and dinosaurs.

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  • 1862 DANA Man. Geol. 346 Pterosaurs...or Flying Saurians.

    February 3, 2007