ichthyosaur

noun
ich·​thyo·​saur | \ ˈik-thē-ə-ˌsȯr How to pronounce ichthyosaur (audio) \

Definition of ichthyosaur

: any of an order (Ichthyosauria) of extinct marine reptiles of the Mesozoic specialized for aquatic life by a streamlined body with a long snout, limbs reduced to small fins for steering, and a large lunate caudal fin

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Other Words from ichthyosaur

ichthyosaurian \ ˌik-​thē-​ə-​ˈsȯr-​ē-​ən How to pronounce ichthyosaurian (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of ichthyosaur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Included in the aquarium-like display will be an ichthyosaur, with its 9-inch eyes, and devils' toenails, which were oysters that lived in shallow waters. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "The Children's Museum will close 'Dinosphere' for a year. Here's what's going on.," 20 Oct. 2020 The ichthyosaur might have scavenged the carcass of a thalattosaur that died by other means. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "13-foot marine predator found inside another's belly in shocking fossil 'turducken'," 20 Aug. 2020 At first glance, the ichthyosaur didn't look like a major predator. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Prehistoric marine predator died soon after devouring a large reptile, fossils reveal," 20 Aug. 2020 Around 240 million years ago, the same may have been true for the ichthyosaur. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "This 15-Foot Ichthyosaur Died With a 13-Foot Meal in Its Stomach," 24 Aug. 2020 Instead, they were still attached to the torso within the ichthyosaur's stomach. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Prehistoric marine predator died soon after devouring a large reptile, fossils reveal," 20 Aug. 2020 The ichthyosaur is of the genus Guizhouichthyosaurus and would have looked something like a large dolphin with long slender jaws. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "This 15-Foot Ichthyosaur Died With a 13-Foot Meal in Its Stomach," 24 Aug. 2020 The fossilized remains of the ichthyosaur were found in southwestern China in 2010. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "240M-year-old 'megapredator' had 12-foot reptile in its stomach," 23 Aug. 2020 This suggests the tail was ripped off by the ichthyosaur. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Prehistoric marine predator died soon after devouring a large reptile, fossils reveal," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of ichthyosaur

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ichthyosaur

ultimately from Greek ichthy- + sauros lizard

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“Ichthyosaur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ichthyosaur. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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