Definitions for: Archaeopteryx


[n] extinct primitive toothed bird of the Upper Jurassic having a long feathered tail and hollow bones; usually considered the most primitive of all birds



Webster (1913) Definition: Ar`ch[ae]*op"te*ryx, n. [Gr. 'archai^os ancient
+ pte`ryx wing.] (Paleon.)
A fossil bird, of the Jurassic period, remarkable for having
a long tapering tail of many vertebr[ae] with feathers along
each side, and jaws armed with teeth, with other reptilian
characteristics.

Synonyms: Archaeopteryx lithographica, archeopteryx

See Also: bird, genus Archaeopteryx, genus Archeopteryx


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