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Related to aepyornis: Phorusrhacos
A genus of extinct large flightless birds native to Madagascar.
(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)
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]
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|Noun||1.||aepyornis - 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