- a reptilelike fossil bird of the genus Archaeopteryx, from the late Jurassic Period, having teeth and a long, feathered, vertebrate tail.
Origin of archaeopteryx
1855–60; < New Latin < Greek archaio- archaeo- + ptéryx wing
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Examples from the Web for archaeopteryx
Nevertheless, in some other respects, Archaeopteryx is unlike a bird and like a reptile.
It is in this matter that the famous Archaeopteryx plays an important part.At the Deathbed of Darwinism
The importance of Archaeopteryx justifies the following descriptive detail.
Nor do I think it likely that the transition from the reptile to the bird has been effected by such a form as Archaeopteryx.
It seems just possible that in Archaeopteryx the metapatagium was more Bat-like.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
- any of several extinct primitive birds constituting the genus Archaeopteryx, esp A. lithographica, which occurred in Jurassic times and had teeth, a long tail, well-developed wings, and a body covering of feathers
C19: from archaeo- + Greek pterux winged creature
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Word Origin and History for archaeopteryx
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An extinct primitive bird of the genus Archaeopteryx of the Jurassic Period, having characteristics of both birds and dinosaurs. Like dinosaurs, it had a long, bony tail, claws at the end of its fingers, and teeth. Like birds it had wings and feathers. Many scientists regard it as evidence that birds evolved from small carnivorous dinosaurs. See Note at bird.
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