from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A genus of extinct large flightless birds native to Madagascar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gigantic (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird, of which fossils were found in Madagascar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gigantic fossil birds found in Madagascar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. huge (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird of Madagascar


New Latin Aepyornīs, genus name : Greek aipus, high + Greek ornīs, bird; see or- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • "Not bad, " he told his companions as he masticated fresh rolls with jam and butter, aepyornis egg, bacon, and fruit.

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  • Also called elephant birds, aepyornis were an extinct family of flightless birds comprising the genera Aepyornis and Mullerornis.

    March 4, 2008