[ noh-tawr-nis ]
/ noʊˈtɔr nɪs /
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a rare, flightless gallinulelike bird, Notornis mantelli, of New Zealand.
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Also called takahe.

Origin of notornis

1840–50; <New Latin: name of the genus <Greek nót(os) the south + órnis bird
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How to use notornis in a sentence

  • Among other interesting birds Notornis stanleyi is figured on the plate opposite p. 273.

    Extinct Birds|Walter Rothschild
  • White's figure clearly shows the long wing coverts characteristic of the genus Notornis.

    Extinct Birds|Walter Rothschild
  • This bird was nearly as large as Notornis, but with a very small head and with a frontal shield.

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  • It might be described as: Resembling Aptornis, but with shorter bill and feet, thus more approaching Notornis.

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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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