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Having the characteristics of a fern of the genus Pteris or the family Pteridaceae; resembling a fern, filicoid.
A pteroid fern.
1Chiefly Palaeontology. Especially of the shell of a bivalve mollusc: resembling a wing. rare.
2Palaeontology. Designating various body parts of a pterosaur associated with the small anterior flight membrane, especially a small, pointed bone that extends from the carpal region towards the shoulder and supports this membrane.
Palaeontology. The pteroid bone of a pterosaur.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Lyell (1797–1875), geologist. From scientific Latin pteroides, adjective from classical Latin pteris fern + -oīdēs. With the use as noun compare scientific Latin Pteroides, plural noun<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Mayne (1808–1868). From ancient Greek πτερόν feather, wing + -oid, in sense A. 1 after scientific Latin pteroides, adjective.
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