Definition of ichthyornis in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌikTHēˈôrnis/


An extinct, gull-like, fish-eating bird of the late 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.


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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ich·thy·orn·is

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.