Notornis

noun No·tor·nis \ nəˈtȯrnə̇s \

Definition of Notornis

1 : porphyrio 1
2 plural notornis notornis : takahe
  • Then there's the takahe, the giant flightless “notornis” thought to be extinct until rediscovered in the late 1940s in Fiordland.
  • —Brian RudmanThe New Zealand Herald30 June 2010

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Origin and Etymology of notornis

New Latin, from not- + New Latin -ornis


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