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Ichthyornis

[ik-thee-awr-nis]
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noun
  1. an extinct genus of toothed birds having vertebrae resembling those of fishes.
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Origin of Ichthyornis

< New Latin (1872) < Greek ichthy- ichthy- + órnis “bird”
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Historical Examples

  • Ichthyornis, ik-thi-or′nis, n. a fossil bird with vertebr like those of fishes, and with teeth set in sockets.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)

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  • They are of two leading types, of which the Ichthyornis and Hesperornis are the standard specimens.

  • The remarkable “fish-bird” (Ichthyornis) of Marsh is also very reptilian in some of its characters.

  • In Ichthyornis they are also distinct, in all other known birds they are fused together to a greater or less extent.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for ichthyornis

ichthyornis

noun
  1. an extinct Cretaceous sea bird of the genus Ichthyornis, thought to have resembled a tern
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from ichthy- + Greek ornis bird
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