people think the etymology of "helicopter" is "heli" and "copter", but it's actually "helico" and "pter" meaning "spinning bird"

yes, that's the same "pter" in "pterodactyl", and "dactylus", yes, the same "dactylus" as in "dactilography" or "dactilitis"

"pterodactly" means "flying finger", because they had this one long hell finger on each hand that formed the edge of their wing flap

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correction, "pter" is "wing" not "flying", oops, my memory's not what it used to be

but it is a cognate with "pteron", "I fly" so who's to say which is right and wrong

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