Definition of ichthyornis in English:


Syllabification: ich·thy·orn·is
Pronunciation: /ˌikTHēˈôrnis


  • An extinct, gull-like, fish-eating bird of the late Cretaceous period, with large toothed jaws.
    • Genus Ichthyornis, order Ichthyornithiformes
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    • 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.


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

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