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n. pl. notornis
[New Latin Notornīs, former genus name : Greek notos, south + Greek ornīs, bird; see or- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Animals) a rare flightless rail of the genus Notornis, of New Zealand. See takahe
[C19: New Latin, from Greek notos south + ornis bird]
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|Noun||1.||notornis - flightless New Zealand birds similar to gallinules|
rail - any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
genus Notornis - a genus of Rallidae
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