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noun, plural or·ni·thes [awr-nahy-theez] /ɔrˈnaɪ θiz/.
  1. an avifauna.
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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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Historical Examples of ornis

  • Ornis, or′nis, n. the birds collectively of a region, its avifauna.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


British Dictionary definitions for ornis


  1. a less common word for avifauna
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Word Origin for ornis

C19: from Greek: bird
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