ornithopter

[ awr-nuh-thop-ter ]
/ ˌɔr nəˈθɒp tər /

noun

a heavier-than-air craft designed to be propelled through the air by flapping wings.

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Origin of ornithopter

< French ornithoptère (1908), equivalent to ornitho- ornitho- + -ptère < Greek -pteros -pterous
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British Dictionary definitions for ornithopter

ornithopter
/ (ˈɔːnɪˌθɒptə) /

noun

a heavier-than-air craft sustained in and propelled through the air by flapping wingsAlso called: orthopter
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