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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pterodactyl extinct flying reptile
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pterodactyl (Paleon) An extinct flying reptile; one of the Pterosauria. See Illustration in Appendix.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pterodactyl An extinct reptile of the genus Pterodactylus or order Pterosauria; a pterosaurian; an ornithosaurian; a flying-dragon. Also pterodactylian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pterodactyl ter-ō-dak′til an extinct flying reptile with large and bird-like skull, long jaws, and a flying-membrane like that of a bat.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a wing + finger, toe: cf. F. ptérodactyle,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pteron, wing, daktylos, finger.


In literature:

The long-extinct pterodactyl of the outer world.
"At the Earth's Core" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The long-extinct pterodactyl of the outer world.
"At the Earth's Core" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
My effort to dodge the tree and the pterodactyl at the same time resulted disastrously.
"The People that Time Forgot" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Once the mastodon was: pterodactyls were common as cocks; Then the mammoth was God; now is He a prize ox.
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Various
All other known pterodactyles have teeth lodged in sockets.
"Lectures on Evolution" by Thomas Henry Huxley
That Apollyonic monster of the prime, the pterodactyl, did even better.
"Concerning Animals and Other Matters" by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
When brought down with my electric rifle and properly roasted, the pterodactyl proved very good eating, particularly the pads of the toes.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
Another was that of the Pterodactyl, the antique aragon, a winged fish.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, No. 23, February, 1873, Vol. XI. No. 23." by Various
All other known pterodactyles have teeth lodged in sockets.
"American Addresses, with a Lecture on the Study of Biology" by Thomas Henry Huxley
All other known pterodactyles have teeth lodged in sockets.
"Lectures and Essays" by Thomas Henry Huxley
The last great haunt of life is the air, a mastery of which must be placed to the credit of insects, Pterodactyls, birds, and bats.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
He was seated on a woody knoll skinning a pterodactyl for our supper.
"The Autobiography of Methuselah" by John Kendrick Bangs
What, in the eternal nature of things, are bishops more than pterodactyles?
"'That Very Mab'" by May Kendall and Andrew Lang
One doubtful type raised a spear, but no one else tried that after the pterodactyl-eye picked him up and dropped him in the swamp.
"The Repairman" by Harry Harrison
Pass through a common sieve, and hatch out under a tame Pterodactyl.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, April 29, 1893" by Various
These were the Pterodactyls.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
A pterodactyl in my life and soul: Had wings, could fly, but slumbered in the mud.
"Domesday Book" by Edgar Lee Masters
Now, in northern New Jersey a live sheep is well nigh as rare as a pterodactyl.
"Lad: A Dog" by Albert Payson Terhune
On a great stone crouched a Pterodactyl, his vast wings spread for flight.
"Wings and the Child" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
On some days I am to myself as strange and unfamiliar as a Pterodactyl.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

In poetry:

O animal excellence,
Take pterodactyl flight
Fire-winged into the air
And find your lair
With cunning sense
On some Arabian bight
"Ode To Our Young Pro-Consuls Of The Air" by Allen Tate
"When beside thee walked the solemn Plesiosaurus,
And around thee crept the festive Ichthyosaurus,
While from time to time above thee flew and circled
Cheerful Pterodactyls.
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte
When the Tinoceras snooped about,
And the Pterodactyl flapped its wings,
When the Brontops with the warty snout
Noseyed around for herbs and things,
Would I have bothered myself o’ermuch
About divine afflatus and such?
"Extinct Monsters" by Eugene Field

In news:

I said that anyone who created an aardvark, a duck-billed platypus and a pterodactyl couldn't be eternally sober-sided and serious.
Ideally we'd just swoop in (on the back of a pterodactyl, naturally) and snatch them away from their current boyfriends, but in the case of New York City yoga teacher Hilaria Thomas, we might have some problems.
After seeing her performance in In Mixed Company's Pterodactyls, I have scratched Barbara McGrath from my list of Actors I'd Rather Not See On Stage Ever Again.
A new analysis of the largest of pterodactyls suggests they were too big and their muscles too weak to vault into the air and fly.
It was among the last pterodactyls to look down on dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
The Tales Behind Pterodactyl 's 'Spills Out'.
On November 15, Brooklyn art-rock brohams Pterodactyl will uncage Spills Out, their finest and most deliciously schizophrenic full-length to date.
Unknown pre-dawn pranksters on Saturday constructed an elaborate scene of a pterodactyl seemingly about to pluck the sculpture of a young surfer off his board.
P&L drummer Dan Friel even contributed to Spills Out in some way according to Pterodactyl 's one sheet on the album.
Contemporaries they may be, but Pterodactyl is reaching for a bigger, more consuming sound.
No, not about Cracker the p(t)et pterodactyl in Captain Underpants.
Pterrifying Pterodactyl Meets Sexy Detective .
Pterrifying Pterodactyl Meets Sexy Detective.
At other times the great blue herons rest from their labors and catch a few rays by assuming what some call the "pterodactyl position".
Parts & Labor with DOM and Pterodactyl.