nonavian

adjective non·avi·an \ ˌnän-ˈā-vē-ən \

Definition of nonavian

: not of or relating to birds : not avian
  • … assorted nonavian creatures whirring, buzzing and croaking.
  • —Richard Conniff
  • nonavian anatomy
; also : not including any members of the class (Aves) comprising birds
  • Whereas the last of the nonavian dinosaurs certainly perished 64.5 million years ago, many other animals survived …
  • —James Gurney

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First Known Use of nonavian

1907


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