- a rare, flightless gallinulelike bird, Notornis mantelli, of New Zealand.
Origin of notornis
1840–50; < New Latin: name of the genus < Greek nót(os) the south + órnis bird
Also called takahe.
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Examples from the Web for notornis
This bird was nearly as large as Notornis, but with a very small head and with a frontal shield.Extinct Birds
- a rare flightless rail of the genus Notornis, of New ZealandSee takahe
C19: New Latin, from Greek notos south + ornis bird
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