Mesitornis

noun

Mes·​it·​or·​nis
: a genus that consists of two species (M. variegata and M. unicolor) of Madagascan birds related to the rails but resembling thrushes and that with the monotypic genus Monias forms the family Mesitornithidae

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek mesitēs + New Latin -ornis

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“Mesitornis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mesitornis. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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