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n. pl. notornis
A takahe.

[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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.notornis - flightless New Zealand birds similar to gallinulesnotornis - 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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References in periodicals archive ?
Miller, "Long-term monitoring of a breeding colony of white herons (Egretta alba) on the Waitangiroto river, South Westland, New Zealand," Notornis, vol.
(6) 1/12 of notaries are Aries; Gaea is earth, Notogaea is a zoogeographic region o' earth; ornis is any bird, notornis is a NZ bird, the no longer extinct takahe.
The takahe (Notornis mantelli) of the South Island of New Zealand was considered to be extinct in the early twentieth century but was rediscovered in 1948.