Definition of ornithurine in English:

ornithurine

adjective

  • 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".

noun

  • An ornithurine bird.

Origin

1980s; earliest use found in Paleobiology. From scientific Latin Ornithurae + -ine.

Pronunciation

ornithurine

/ɔːˈnɪθjʊrʌɪn/