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Definitions for pterodactyl
ˌtɛr əˈdæk tɪlptero·dactyl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pterodactylnoun

    extinct flying reptile


  1. pterodactylnoun

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

  2. Etymology: From πτερόν + δάκτυλος


  1. pterodactyl

    A pterodactyl is a type of extinct flying reptile from the late Jurassic period. They are part of the Pterosauria order, characterized by their wings formed by a skin and muscle membrane stretching from the ankles to a greatly lengthened fourth finger. Although often associated with dinosaurs, they are not considered true dinosaurs but were contemporaries. The term "pterodactyl" is often used to refer to the Pterodactylus, a specific genus of pterosaurs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pterodactylnoun

    an extinct flying reptile; one of the Pterosauria. See Illustration in Appendix

  2. Etymology: [Gr. a wing + finger, toe: cf. F. ptrodactyle.]


  1. Pterodactyl

    Pterodactyl is a 2005 horror film that premiered on the Sci Fi Channel. The film is directed by Mark L. Lester.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pterodactyl

    ter-ō-dak′til, n. an extinct flying reptile with large and bird-like skull, long jaws, and a flying-membrane like that of a bat. [Gr. pteron, wing, daktylos, finger.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pterodactyl in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pterodactyl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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