any of several marine reptiles of the Mesozoic having a body like a porpoise with dorsal and tail fins and paddle-shaped limbs
Hypernyms: ↑archosaur, ↑archosaurian, ↑archosaurian reptile
Member Holonyms: ↑Ichthyosauria, ↑order Ichthyosauria

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