Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various extinct marine reptiles of the group Ichthyosauria or Ichthyopterygia of the Mesozoic Era, having a long flexible body with fins and an elongated toothed snout.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fish-like saurian; a member of the order Ichthyosauria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Paleon.) One of the Ichthyosaura.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several extinct fishlike reptiles, of the order Ichthyosauria, that had a body somewhat like a porpoise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of several marine reptiles of the Mesozoic having a body like a porpoise with dorsal and tail fins and paddle-shaped limbs

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Ichthyosaurus, type genus of the group : Greek ikhthuo-, ichthyo- + Greek sauros, lizard.]

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Adaptation of modern Latin ichthyosaurus.

Examples

  • Oh, I also made it through two articles in the new Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology yesterday, "Generic reassignment of an ichthyosaur from the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Northwest Territories, Canada" and "A remarkable case of a shark-bitten elasmosaurid plesiosaur."

    Howard Hughes and the 1934 World's Fair

  • Oh, I also made it through two articles in the new Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology yesterday, "Generic reassignment of an ichthyosaur from the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Northwest Territories, Canada" and "A remarkable case of a shark-bitten elasmosaurid plesiosaur."

    Howard Hughes and the 1934 World's Fair

  • A favorite of the museum, Markham said, was a three-meter-long ichthyosaur, a marine reptile resembling a dolphin that had existed some 90 million years ago.

    HITLER’S HOLY RELICS

  • There are quite a lot of ichthyosaur fossils showing death during childbirth; they were viviparous.

    New findings about the Hobbit - The Panda's Thumb

  • There are quite a lot of ichthyosaur fossils showing death during childbirth; they were viviparous.

    New findings about the Hobbit - The Panda's Thumb

  • To extend a previous comment, an ichthyosaur (extinct reptile), a dolphin (mammal), and a tuna all arrived at essentially the same solution to the problem of how to move quickly through the water.

    Convergence

  • A favorite of the museum, Markham said, was a three-meter-long ichthyosaur, a marine reptile resembling a dolphin that had existed some 90 million years ago.

    HITLER’S HOLY RELICS

  • The dolphin, a mammal, shares adaptations that allow for movement through water with the extinct reptile ichthyosaur.

    AP Environmental Science Chapter 5- The Biosphere

  • Multiple ichthyosaur and plesiosaur specimens have been discovered there in close association, and in an excellent, articulated state.

    BBC News 24 (again)

  • The latter, generally known as pliosaurs, include the huge scary macropredator Liopleurodon, shown at top right biting an ichthyosaur to death.

    Life in the Oxford Clay sea

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