One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or designating birds of the division Ornithurae, a clade (believed to have originated in the Cretaceous period and including all recent bird species) descended from the earliest birds to have a short bony tail with a pygostyle. Compare earlier "ornithurous".
An ornithurine bird.
1980s; earliest use found in Paleobiology. From scientific Latin Ornithurae + -ine.
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