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pteranodon

[ tuh-ran-uh-don ]
/ təˈræn əˌdɒn /
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noun

a flying reptile of the extinct order Pterosauria, from the Cretaceous Period, having a wingspread of about 25 feet (8 meters).

Nearby words

ptarmigan, ptc, ptca, pte, pter-, pteranodon, pteridine, pterido-, pteridology, pteridophyte, pteridosperm

Origin of pteranodon

< New Latin, equivalent to pter- pter- + Greek anódōn toothless (see an-1, -odont)
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pteranodon

[ tə-rănə-dŏn′ ]

Any of several very large, extinct flying reptiles (pterosaurs) of the genus Pteranodon of the Cretaceous Period. Pteranodon had a long pointed crest on its head, no teeth, a very short tail, and a wingspan upwards of 9 m (30 ft).
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