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Meaning of NOTORNIS

Pronunciation:  now'tornis

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  flightless New Zealand birds similar to gallinules
 

NOTORNIS is a 8 letter word that starts with N.

 

 Synonyms: Notornis mantelli, takahe
 
 See Also: genus Notornis, rail

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\No*tor"nis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? the south, or
southwest + ? bird.] (Zo["o]l.)
A genus of birds allied to the gallinules, but having
rudimentary wings and incapable of flight. {Notornis
Mantelli} was first known as a fossil bird of New Zealand,
but subsequently a few individuals were found living on the
southern island. It is supposed to be now nearly or quite
extinct.

 

 

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