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ae·py·or·nis

 (ē′pē-ôr′nĭs)
n.
A genus of extinct large flightless birds native to Madagascar.

[New Latin Aepyornīs, genus name : Greek aipus, high + Greek ornīs, bird; see or- in Indo-European roots.]

aepyornis

(ˌiːpɪˈɔːnɪs)
n
(Animals) 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]

ae•py•or•nis

(ˌi piˈɔr nɪs)
n.
an extinct, heavy-legged, ratite bird of the genus Aepyornis, of the Pleistocene Epoch, of Madagascar.
[< New Latin (1850) < Greek aipý(s) steep, lofty, + órnīs bird]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aepyornis - huge (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird of Madagascaraepyornis - huge (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird of Madagascar
flightless bird, ratite, ratite bird - flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
genus Aepyornis - type genus of the Aepyornidae: elephant birds