any of several flightless birds of the family Dinornithidae, of New Zealand, related to the kiwis but resembling the ostrich: extinct since about the end of the 18th century.

Origin of moa

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1810–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any large flightless bird of the recently extinct order Dinornithiformes of New ZealandSee ratite

Word Origin for moa

C19: from Māori
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Word Origin and History for moa

extinct, flightless bird of New Zealand, 1842, native Maori name.

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