[ tuh-ran-uh-don ]

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

Origin of pteranodon

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

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How to use pteranodon in a sentence

  • That finding is the latest salvo in an ongoing challenge to the prevailing view that all dinosaurs were land-based animals that left the realms of water and air to marine reptiles such as Mosasaurus and flying reptiles such as pteranodon.

  • The scalding fingers of steam just missed its target, but fortunately served to sting the descending pteranodon.

  • However, I am merely defending the pteranodon's survival as an interesting possibility.

    The Flying Death | Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Now, conceive the pteranodon to be on the cliff's edge, about to start upon its evening flight.

    The Flying Death | Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • "That the pteranodon still exists is by no means impossible," said Professor Ravenden.

    The Flying Death | Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • With another metallic cry, the pteranodon increased its speed in a wide, dropping curve.

    The Flying Death | Samuel Hopkins Adams

Scientific definitions for pteranodon


[ tə-rănə-dŏn′ ]

  1. 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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