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Aepyornis

[ee-pee-awr-nis] /ˌi piˈɔr nɪs/
noun
1.
an extinct genus of ratite birds, best known from the Pleistocene Epoch of Madagascar, having massive legs and rudimentary wings, and growing to a height of 8 feet (2.4 meters).
Origin of Aepyornis
< New Latin (1850) < Greek aipý(s) steep, lofty, + órnīs bird
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aepyornis

/ˌiːpɪˈɔːnɪs/
noun
1.
any of the large extinct flightless birds of the genus Aepyornis, remains of which have been found in Madagascar
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek aipus high + ornis bird
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