ich·​thy·​op·​te·​ryg·​i·​um | \ -jēəm \
plural ichthyopterygia\ -​jēə \

Definition of ichthyopterygium

: the vertebrate limb when having the form of a fin whether as a definitive organ or in the course of individual or evolutionary development especially : any of the paired fins that are the typical limbs of fishes — compare chiropterygium

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History and Etymology for ichthyopterygium

New Latin, from ichthy- + Greek pterygion small wing, fin, diminutive of pteryg-, pteryx wing

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“Ichthyopterygium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ichthyopterygium. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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