[ awr-nis ]
/ ˈɔr nɪs /
noun, plural or·ni·thes [awr-nahy-theez]. /ɔrˈnaɪ θiz/.
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Origin of ornis
1860–65; <German <Greek órnīs bird; akin to Old English earn eagle (see erne), German Aar
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Example sentences from the Web for ornis
Ornis, or′nis, n. the birds collectively of a region, its avifauna.
British Dictionary definitions for ornis
/ (ˈɔːnɪs) /
a less common word for avifauna
Word Origin for ornis
C19: from Greek: bird
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