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ich·thy·o·saur

 (ĭk′thē-ə-sôr′)
n.
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 New Latin Ichthyosaurus, type genus of the group : Greek ikhthuo-, ichthyo- + Greek sauros, lizard.]

ichthyosaur

(ˈɪkθɪəˌsɔː) or

ichthyosaurus

n, pl -saurs, -sauruses or -sauri (-ˈsɔːraɪ)
(Palaeontology) any extinct marine Mesozoic reptile of the order Ichthyosauria, which had a porpoise-like body with dorsal and tail fins and paddle-like limbs. See also plesiosaur

ich•thy•o•saur

(ˈɪk θi əˌsɔr)

n.
any large fishlike reptile of the extinct order Ichthyosauria, having four flippers and a prominent caudal fin.
[1820–30; < New Latin]
ich`thy•o•sau′ri•an, adj., n.

ich·thy·o·saur

(ĭk′thē-ə-sôr′)
Any of various extinct sea reptiles of the Mesozoic Era having a long beak, four flippers, a dolphin-like body, and a tail with a large fin.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ichthyosaur - any of several marine reptiles of the Mesozoic having a body like a porpoise with dorsal and tail fins and paddle-shaped limbsichthyosaur - any of several marine reptiles of the Mesozoic having a body like a porpoise with dorsal and tail fins and paddle-shaped limbs
archosaur, archosaurian, archosaurian reptile - extinct reptiles including: dinosaurs; plesiosaurs; pterosaurs; ichthyosaurs; thecodonts
Ichthyosauria, order Ichthyosauria - extinct marine reptiles: ichthyosaurs
ichthyosaurus - ichthyosaurs of the Jurassic
stenopterygius, Stenopterygius quadrisicissus - an ichthyosaur of the genus Stenopterygius
References in classic literature ?
Dian told me they were tandorazes, or tandors of the sea, and that the other, and more fearsome reptiles, which occasionally rose from the deep to do battle with them, were azdyryths, or sea-dyryths--Perry called them Ichthyosaurs.
A team of palaeontologists - led by staff from the University of Edinburgh - identified several examples of extinct aquatic animals, known as ichthyosaurs, which lived during the early-to-middle Jurassic period, including the new species.
The creature, named Dearcmhara shawcrossi, is a member of a group called ichthyosaurs that were among the dominant marine reptiles when dinosaurs ruled the land.
Ichthyosaurs (fish lizards) were predatory reptiles which swam the world's oceans while dinosaurs walked the land.
Ichthyosaurs (fish lizards) were predatory reptiles that swam the world's oceans while dinosaurs walked the land.
Washington, March 21 ( ANI ): Researchers have said that crocodile-like amphibians and later the precursors of the known plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs went in search of prey in the oceans soon after the end of the mass extinction.
According to a study published by Ryosuke Motani from the University of California, Davis, and colleagues in PLOS ONE, Ichthyosaurs were giant marine reptiles that evolved from land reptiles and moved to the water.
Ichthyosaurs, the predecessors of today's reptiles, do not belong to the category of dinosaurs.
Vinther says that researchers could now look for it in a wide range of fossils, including ichthyosaurs (giant marine reptiles), dinosaurs, insects, mollusk shells and mammals.
They would have preyed on dolphin-like ichthyosaurs and even other plesiosaurs.
With razor-sharp teeth, it was capable of devouring any creatures - including the dolphin-like ichthyosaurs - that shared the then-tropical shallow seas which are now Dorset.