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  1. 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.
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Origin of moa

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1810–20
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  1. any large flightless bird of the recently extinct order Dinornithiformes of New ZealandSee ratite
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Word Origin

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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