notornis

[noh-tawr-nis]
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noun

a rare, flightless gallinulelike bird, Notornis mantelli, of New Zealand.

Nearby words

  1. notogaea,
  2. notogaean,
  3. notoriety,
  4. notorious,
  5. notoriously,
  6. nototherium,
  7. notoungulate,
  8. notour,
  9. notour bankrupt,
  10. notre dame

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|Walter Rothschild


British Dictionary definitions for notornis

notornis

noun

a rare flightless rail of the genus Notornis, of New ZealandSee takahe

Word Origin for notornis

C19: New Latin, from Greek notos south + ornis bird

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