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mo·a

 (mō′ə)
n.
Any of various flightless ostrichlike birds of the family Dinornithidae that were native to New Zealand and became extinct, probably before 1500.

[Maori.]

moa

(ˈməʊə)
n
(Animals) any large flightless bird of the recently extinct order Dinornithiformes of New Zealand. See ratite
[C19: from Māori]

mo•a

(ˈmoʊ ə)

n., pl. mo•as.
any of various flightless birds of the order Dinornithiformes, of New Zealand, some of which resembled the ostrich in size and appearance: extinct since c1800.
[1810–20; < Maori]

mo·a

(mō′ə)
Any of various flightless, wingless, ostrich-like birds of New Zealand that have been extinct for over a century. One species grew to 13 feet (4 meters) in height, making it the largest bird of modern times.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moa - extinct flightless bird of New Zealandmoa - extinct flightless bird of New Zealand
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
Dinornis giganteus, giant moa - the largest moa; about 12 feet high
anomalopteryx, Anomalopteryx oweni - the smallest moa; slender moa about the size of a large turkey
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IDEAS SUGGESTED BY THE FEAST OF CALABASHES--INACCURACY OF CERTAIN PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS OF THE ISLANDS--A REASON--NEGLECTED STATE OF HEATHENISM IN THE VALLEY--EFFIGY OF A DEAD WARRIOR--A SINGULAR SUPERSTITION--THE PRIEST KOLORY AND THE GOD MOA ARTUA--AMAZING RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE--A DILAPIDATED SHRINE--KORY-KORY AND THE IDOL--AN INFERENCE
In fact, this funny little image was the 'crack' god of the island; lording it over all the wooden lubbers who looked so grim and dreadful; its name was Moa Artua*.
Soon you see him returning with Kolory, who bears the god Moa Artua in his arms, and carries in one hand a small trough, hollowed out in the likeness of a canoe.
What under the sun Moa Artua on these occasions had to say to Kolory I never could find out; but I could not help thinking that the former showed a sad want of spirit in being disciplined into making those disclosures, which at first he seemed bent on withholding.
For a youngster scarcely ten inches high, and with so few early advantages as he doubtless had had, Moa Artua was certainly a precocious little fellow if he really said all that was imputed to him; but for what reason this poor devil of a deity, thus cuffed about, cajoled, and shut up in a box, was held in greater estimation than the full-grown and dignified personages of the Taboo Groves, I cannot divine.
Kory-Kory--who seemed to have devoted considerable attention to the study of theology, as he knew the names of all the graven images in the valley, and often repeated them over to me--likewise entertained some rather enlarged ideas with regard to the character and pretensions of Moa Artua.
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The Arbitral Tribunal also ordered Planor to take the necessary steps to close the transaction contemplated by the MOA within 60 days as from the notification of the award, on penalty of a e1/410,000 per day in the way of non-compliance fine as from the 61st day.
Computer simulations carried out on HV windings of power transformers provided without and with suitable MOA blocks to investigate behavior of these windings due to appearance of very fast rise time transient voltage at its line terminal are reported in this paper.