Definition of pteranodon in English:

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pteranodon

Pronunciation: /təˈranəˌdän/ /-dən/

noun

A large tailless pterosaur of the Cretaceous period, with a long toothless beak, a long bony crest, and a wingspan of up to 7 m.
  • Genus Pteranodon, family Pteranodontidae, order Pterosauria.
Example sentences
  • The breast-bone of Pteranodon was relatively small, restricting the size of flight muscles, so presumably they would have spent a lot of time gliding and soaring.
  • Pteranodon was not a Dinosaur, but an extinct kind of flying reptile, or Pterosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous, from 90 to 65 million years ago.

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek pteron 'wing' + an- 'without' + odous, odont- 'tooth'.

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Syllabification: pter·an·o·don

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