Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of birds.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to birds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to birds; characteristic of birds; avian; bird-like; ornithological: as, an ornithic character; ornithic structure.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek

Examples

  • The French Exit the glade of theoric ornithic hermetica

    The OLM Blog » Microreview: Slavitt’s Orlando Furioso

  • Connecticut footsteps were made by very ornithic reptiles, or extremely sauroid birds.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Professor Huxley, are the pointing out of this very difficulty, and the calling his attention to the striking resemblance between certain teeth of the dog and of the thylacine as one instance, and certain ornithic peculiarities of pterodactyles as another.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Thus, for example, we have the convoluted windpipe of the sloth, reminding us {83} of the condition of the windpipe in birds; and in another mammal, allied to the sloth, namely the great ant-eater (Myrmecophaga), we have again an ornithic character in its horny gizzard-like stomach.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Finally, he has thrown out the suggestion that the celebrated footsteps left by some extinct three-toed creatures on the very ancient sandstone of Connecticut were made, not, as hitherto supposed, by true birds, but by more or less ornithic reptiles.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Yet the interval between them is completely filled, in the mesozoic fauna, by birds which have reptilian characters, on the one side, and reptiles which have ornithic characters, on the other.

    The Rise and Progress of Palaeontology

  • It is curious, considering how much, one way or another, we are amused or pleased by the chatter and song of birds, that you will scarcely find in any ornithic manual more than a sentence, if so much, about their hearing; and I have not myself, at this moment, the least idea where a nightingale's ears are!

    Love's Meinie Three Lectures on Greek and English Birds

  • America, the traveler from the United States recognizes few ornithic forms in the Valley of Quito.

    The Andes and the Amazon Across the Continent of South America

  • His opinion as to the ornithic character of the remains was afterwards confirmed by

    The Antiquity of Man

  • Every claw and phalange has left its mark in the stone; while the trifid termination of the tarso-metatarsal bone leaves three marks more, -- fifteen in all, -- the true ornithic number.

    The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed

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