- an avifauna.
Origin of ornis
1860–65; < German < Greek órnīs bird; akin to Old English earn eagle (see erne), German Aar
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Ornis, or′nis, n. the birds collectively of a region, its avifauna.
- a less common word for avifauna
Word Origin for ornis
C19: from Greek: bird
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