[ noh-tawr-nis ]
/ noʊˈtɔr nɪs /


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

Origin of notornis

1840–50; <New Latin: name of the genus <Greek nót(os) the south + órnis bird Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences 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

/ (nəʊˈtɔːnɪs) /


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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