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Any of various flightless ostrichlike birds of the family Dinornithidae that were native to New Zealand and became extinct, probably before 1500.
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(Animals) any large flightless bird of the recently extinct order Dinornithiformes of New Zealand. See ratite
[C19: from Māori]
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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]
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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.
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|Noun||1.||moa - 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
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