Share this entry

Share this page

ichthyornis

Line breaks: ich¦thy|or¦nis
Pronunciation: /ˌɪkθɪˈɔːnɪs
 
/

Definition of ichthyornis in English:

noun

A fossil gull-like fish-eating bird of the Upper Cretaceous period, with large toothed jaws.
  • Genus Ichthyornis, order Ichthyornithiformes
Example sentences
  • At 2 feet long, Ichthyornis was about the same size (and shape) as a modern gull.
  • Unlike its contemporary Hesperornis, Ichthyornis could probably fly and had long wings.

Origin

modern Latin, from ichthyo- + Greek ornis 'bird'.

Definition of ichthyornis in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day vicarious
Pronunciation: vɪˈkɛːrɪəs
adjective
experienced in the imagination through another person's feelings…