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Definition of the noun Archæopteryx

What does Archæopteryx mean as a name of something?


  1. A specimen of the species Archaeopteryx lithographica, being the earliest and most primitive known bird, representing a transition in the evolution of dinosaurs to birds.


"Archæopteryx" a.k.a. "Archaeopteryx" is a book by Richard Gaines.


  1. Archæopteryx a.k.a. Archaeopteryx, sometimes referred to by its German name Urvogel, is a genus of early bird that is transitional between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. The name derives from the ancient Greek ἀρχαῖος meaning "ancient", and πτέρυξ, meaning "feather" or "wing". Since the late nineteenth century, it had been generally accepted by palaeontologists, and celebrated in lay reference works, as being the oldest known bird. However, older potential avialans have since been identified, including Anchiornis, Xiaotingia, and Aurornis.
    • also known as 始祖鸟
  2. Archæopteryx a.k.a. Archaeopteryx is an interactive computer software program, written in Java, for viewing, editing, and analyzing phylogenetic trees. This type of program can be used for a variety of analyses of molecular data sets, but is particularly designed for phylogenomics. Besides tree description formats with limited expressiveness, ATV also implements the phyloXML format. Archaeopteryx is the successor to the tree viewer ATV.

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Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

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a subclass or order of Aves, of Jurassic age, based upon the genus Archæopteryx—also called Sauror′nithes.—adj.Sauru′rous, lizardtailed, astheforegoing birds. Saururus,sawrōō′rus,n.agenusofapetalous ...

Google previewWebster's Collegiate Dictionary (1917)

3d Ed. of the Merriam Series. The Largest Abridgment of Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language; 1700 Illustrations

A fossil bird (constituting the genus Archæopteryx) being the earliest and most primitive bird known. Archae-o- zo'ic (är'ké-ó-z5'Ik), a. [Gr, doxalos ancient + too" animal.] Geol. Pertaining to or ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney (1903)

True teeth existed in Cretaceous birds, as the Archæopteryx, Hesperornis, and Ichthyornis; no recent birds have teeth. (See cut under Ichthyornis.) In reptiles batrachians, an fishes teeth are the rule; in these ...

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