One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having the form or character of a pterodactyl; specifically belonging to the suborder or superfamily Pterodactyloidea of pterosaurs of the late Jurassic and the Cretaceous, characterized by a long neck and a small or vestigial tail.
A pterodactyloid pterosaur.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From pterodactyl + -oid, in later use after scientific Latin Pterodactyloidea.
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