Definitions for ichthyosaurus
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word ichthyosaurus
ichthyosaurs of the Jurassic
Any of various extinct fishlike marine reptiles of the order Ichthyosauria of the Triassic period to the Cretaceous Period.
an extinct genus of marine reptiles; -- so named from their short, biconcave vertebrae, resembling those of fishes. Several species, varying in length from ten to thirty feet, are known from the Liassic, Oolitic, and Cretaceous formations
Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. 'ichqy`s, -y`os, a fish + say^ros a lizard.]
Ichthyosaurus is a genus of ichthyosaurs from the early Jurassic of Europe. It is among the best known ichthyosaur genera, with the Order Ichthyosauria being named after it. Ichthyosaurus was the first complete fossil to be discovered in the early 19th century by Mary Anning in England.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
an extinct marine reptile in the shape of a fish, its limbs paddles, and with a long lizard-like tail.
Find a translation for the ichthyosaurus definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these ichthyosaurus definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"ichthyosaurus." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 2 Jul 2015. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/ichthyosaurus>.