Harpagornis

noun

Har·​pa·​gor·​nis
ˈhärpəˈgȯrnə̇s
: a genus of extinct birds (family Accipitridae) much larger than any existing eagle and found in the Pleistocene of New Zealand

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek harpag-, harpax rapacious + New Latin -ornis; akin to Greek harpagē hook, rake

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“Harpagornis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Harpagornis. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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