Aepyornis

Aepyornis

[ee-pee-awr-nis]
noun
an extinct genus of ratite birds, best known from the Pleistocene Epoch of Madagascar, having massive legs and rudimentary wings, and growing to a height of 8 feet (2.4 meters).

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1850) < Greek aipý(s) steep, lofty, + órnīs bird

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aepyornis (ˌiːpɪˈɔːnɪs)
 
n
any of the large extinct flightless birds of the genus Aepyornis, remains of which have been found in Madagascar
 
[C19: New Latin, from Greek aipus high + ornis bird]

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