One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large tailless pterosaur of the family Pteranodontidae, having a long toothless beak; especially one of the genus pteranodon. rare.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Archibald Geikie (1835–1924), geologist and historian. From Pteranodont-, taken as stem (after ancient Greek ὀδοντ-, ὀδούς tooth) of scientific Latin Pteranodon Pteranodon, after scientific Latin Pteranodontidae, family name.
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