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Definition for pter- (2 of 2)
Origin of -pter
WORDS THAT USE PTER- OR -PTER
Basic definitions of pter- and -pter
Pter- and –pter are combining forms that variously refer to “wings” and “feathers.”
They come from the Greek pterón, meaning “wing” or “feather.”
What does pter- mean?
The initial p in pter- is silent.
Pter- is a variant of ptero-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use ptero- article.
What does -pter mean?
An adjective form corresponding to -pter is -pterous. Learn about its specific applications at our Words That Use -pterous article.
The p when -pter is used like a suffix is pronounced.
Examples of pter- used like a prefix
A pteranodon is an extinct flying reptile that had about a 25-foot wingspan.
imagine finding the first pteranodon fossil and trying to work out what it is. 'here is a … reptilian seagull? with a 20' wingspan?'
anyway pteranodon is coolhttps://t.co/BE61eA9X3M
— Graham MacAree (@MacAree) September 10, 2020
The first part of the word, pter- means “wing.” The -anodon portion of the word comes from Greek words meaning “toothless.” Pteranodon literally means “wing without teeth.” The first pteranodon fossils found were thought to be different from other pterosaurs because they didn’t have any teeth.
Fun fact: pteranodons (which are more sometimes more generally referred to as pterodactyls) were not technically dinosaurs!
What are some words that use or are related to the combining form pter-?
What are some other forms that pter- may be commonly confused with?
Break it down!
The pteryla refers to areas of a bird’s skin that have what appendage?
Examples of -pter used like a suffix
You might reasonably think the word helicopter is composed of the parts heli- and -copter. But in fact, the word is composed of helico-, meaning “spiral,” and -pter, meaning “one with wings.” A helicopter literally means “one with spiral wings” or “spiral-winged,” an apt description for this aircraft propelled by blades rotating overhead.
The word helicopter, from the French hélicoptère, uses the equivalent forms of helico- and -pter in the language.
What are some words that use the combining form –pter?
Many of the following words use the equivalent form of -pter in New Latin or Greek.
What are some other forms that -pter may be commonly confused with?
Break it down!
The combining form di- means “two,” and, as we’ve seen, -pter means “one with wings.” Diptera is an order of insects, including houseflies, mosquitoes, and gnats, that have a pair of wings.
Based on di- and what you know about -pter, what does diptera literally mean?
Example sentences from the Web for pter-
Pter founded the family of Zerhzy, and Illys that of Illyeshzy, which became extinct in the male line in 1838.
Now, if we print this pter-anodon story and back it up with interviews, it's a big thing; but where does the professor come in?The Flying Death|Samuel Hopkins Adams