Notornis

noun No·tor·nis \nəˈtȯrnə̇s\

Definition of Notornis

  1. 1 :  porphyrio 1

  2. 2 notornis plural notornis :  takahe Then there's the takahe, the giant flightless “notornis” thought to be extinct until rediscovered in the late 1940s in Fiordland. — Brian Rudman, The New Zealand Herald, 30 June 2010

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of notornis

New Latin, from 2not- + New Latin -ornis


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Notornis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

feeling or affected by lethargy

Get Word of the Day daily email!