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  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).
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Origin of Aepyornis

< New Latin (1850) < Greek aipý(s) steep, lofty, + órnīs bird
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Historical Examples

  • Birds of medium size, not having the heavy and massive build of Aepyornis.

    Extinct Birds

    Walter Rothschild

  • Lastly must be noted the extinct tall Ratite species of Aepyornis with its several fancy genera.

British Dictionary definitions for aepyornis


  1. any of the large extinct flightless birds of the genus Aepyornis, remains of which have been found in Madagascar
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Greek aipus high + ornis bird
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