Aepyornis

[ ee-pee-awr-nis ]
/ ˌi piˈɔr nɪs /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for Aepyornis

aepyornis
/ (ˌiːpɪˈɔːnɪs) /

noun

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

Word Origin for aepyornis

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