a reptilian bird (genus Archaeopteryx) of the Jurassic Period, that had teeth and feathers, a lizardlike tail, and well-developed wings
Origin of archaeopteryxModern Latin from archaeo- + Classical Greek pteryx, wing: see feather
A small extinct vertebrate of the genus Archaeopteryx of the Jurassic Period, having feathered wings with claws and a long toothed snout. It has been classified variously as a prehistoric bird and as a theropod dinosaur.
Origin of archaeopteryxNew Latin Archaeopteryx genus name archaeo- Greek pterux wing ; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
cast of an archaeopteryx fossil
- Alternative spelling of archæopteryx.
From Ancient Greek ἀρχαῖος (archaios, “ancient”) with πτέρυξ (pterux, “wing”).