Meaning of archaeopteryx

ar•chae•op•ter•yx

Pronunciation: (är"kē-op'tu-riks), [key]
— n.
  1. a reptilelike fossil bird of the genus Archaeopteryx, from the late Jurassic Period, having teeth and a long, feathered, vertebrate tail. Cf. protoavis.
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