ornithopter

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

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

Origin of ornithopter

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

/ (ˈɔːnɪˌθɒptə) /

noun

a heavier-than-air craft sustained in and propelled through the air by flapping wingsAlso called: orthopter
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Word Origin and History for ornithopter

ornithopter


n.

1908, from French ornithoptère (1908), a machine designed to fly be mechanical flapping of wings, from ornitho- + Greek pteron "wing" (see pterodactyl). A mode of flight considered promising at least since Leonardo's day.

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