genus Aepyornis

type genus of the Aepyornidae: elephant birds
Hypernyms: ↑bird genus
Member Holonyms: ↑Aepyornidae, ↑family Aepyornidae
Member Meronyms: ↑elephant bird, ↑aepyornis

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  • aepyornis — [ē΄pē ôr′nis] n. [ModL < Gr aipys, high, steep + ornis, bird: see ORNITHO ] any of a genus (Aepyornis) of very large, extinct, flightless birds of Madagascar …   English World dictionary

  • Aepyornis — /ee pee awr nis/, n. an extinct genus of ratite birds, best known from the Pleistocene Epoch of Madagascar, having massive legs and rudimentary wings, and growing to a height of 8 ft. (2.4 m). [ < NL (1850) < Gk aipý(s) steep, lofty, + órnis… …   Universalium

  • aepyornis — [ˌi:pɪ ɔ:nɪs] noun an extinct giant flightless bird, found in Madagascar. [Genus Aepyornis.] Origin C19: mod. L., from Gk aipus high + ornis bird …   English new terms dictionary

  • aepyornis — ae•py•or•nis [[t]ˌi piˈɔr nɪs[/t]] n. pal orn an extinct, heavy legged, ratite bird of the genus Aepyornis, of the Pleistocene Epoch, of Madagascar • Etymology: < NL (1850) < Gk aipý(s) steep, lofty, +órnīs bird …   From formal English to slang

  • aepyornis — /ipiˈɔnəs/ (say eepee awnuhs) noun any of the extinct gigantic ratite birds of the genus Aepyornis, thought to be the basis for the legendary roc …   Australian English dictionary

  • aepyornis — noun huge (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird of Madagascar • Syn: ↑elephant bird • Hypernyms: ↑ratite, ↑ratite bird, ↑flightless bird • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Aepyornis …   Useful english dictionary

  • AEpyornis — Epiornis Ep i*or nis, n. [NL.: cf. F. [ e]piornis. See {[AE]pyornis}.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the gigantic ostrichlike birds of the genus {[AE]piornis}, only recently extinct. Its remains have been found in Madagascar. [Written also {[AE]pyornis}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aepyornis — noun Etymology: New Latin, genus name, from Greek aipys high + ornis bird more at erne Date: 1851 elephant bird …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bird genus — noun a genus of birds • Hypernyms: ↑genus • Hyponyms: ↑genus Protoavis, ↑genus Archaeopteryx, ↑genus Archeopteryx, ↑genus Sinornis, ↑genus Ibero mesornis, ↑gen …   Useful english dictionary

  • Elephant Bird — Taxobox name = Elephant birds status = EX | status system = IUCN3.1 extinct = 16th century image width = 250px image caption = Aepyornis maximus skeleton and egg regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves superordo = Paleognathae ordo =… …   Wikipedia

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