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Origin of ptero-
Words nearby ptero-
WORDS THAT USE PTERO-
What does ptero- mean?
Ptero- comes from the Greek pterón, meaning “wing” or “feather.” Here’s a word connection that may surprise you: the word helicopter also has a root in the Greek pterón. Discover why at our entry for the word.
And, as it’s always worth noting, the p in ptero- is silent.
What are variants of ptero-?
Examples of ptero-
You may be familiar with pterodactyl, a term for ancient flying reptiles, whose name features the combining form ptero-. Fun fact: pterodactyls were not technically dinosaurs!
We know ptero- means “wing,” so what is the -dactyl portion of the word? It comes from the Greek dáktylos, meaning “finger.” So, pterodactyl literally means “winged finger.”
What are some words that use the combining form ptero-?
What are some other forms that ptero- may be commonly confused with?