Ichthyornis

noun
Ich·​thy·​or·​nis

Definition of Ichthyornis

: the type genus of Ichthyornithidae comprising extinct birds of the Upper Cretaceous that have biconcave vertebrae, articulated quadrate bones, sharp conical teeth set in sockets, well-developed wings, and a keeled sternum and that are similar in size and probably in habits to a tern

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History and Etymology for Ichthyornis

New Latin, from ichthy- + -ornis

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“Ichthyornis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ichthyornis. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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