hesperornis

[ hes-puh-rawr-nis ]
/ ˌhɛs pəˈrɔr nɪs /
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noun

a toothed aquatic bird of the extinct genus Hesperornis, fossils of which are found in rocks of Cretaceous age in Kansas, having the rear legs modified for swimming and reaching a length of more than 4 feet (1.2 meters).

Nearby words

  1. hesperian,
  2. hesperides,
  3. hesperidin,
  4. hesperidium,
  5. hesperinos,
  6. hesperus,
  7. hess,
  8. hess, dame myra,
  9. hess, rudolf,
  10. hess, victor francis

Origin of hesperornis

< New Latin (1872) < Greek Hésper(os) Hesperus + órnis bird

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