Definition of pterodactyl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pterodactyl

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌterəˈdæktɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌterəˈdæktɪl//
 
 
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a flying reptile that lived millions of years ago More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Word Origin early 19th cent.: from modern Latin Pterodactylus (genus name), from Greek pteron ‘wing’ + daktulos ‘finger’.
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