American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A genus of extinct large flightless birds native to Madagascar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gigantic fossil birds found in Madagascar. The species is named Æpyornis maximus. It was 3-toed like
Dinornis, of similar enormous stature, and is one of the largest known birds. The egg was some 12 or 14 inches long, and of the capacity of 6 ostrich-eggs or about 12 dozen heneggs. The remains are found in very recent deposits, and the bird was probably contemporary with the moa. Æpyornis is the type of a family Æpyornithidæ, related to the Dinornithidæ, of the subclass Ratitæ. Sometimes spelled Epyornis, and even Epiornis; the latter is wholly inadmissible.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A gigantic (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird, of which fossils were found in Madagascar.
- 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.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘aepyornis’.
birds with singular names from
at least 9 English dictionaries
"Luciferous Logolepsy is a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an 'English' word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, deriv...
Does not include "protobirds," which are still dinosaurs (and thus are left on my Dinosaurs list). (They are tagged as such for easier identification, though surely I missed a lot of them.)
A work in progress....Birds from around the world (other than endemic to North America).
Looking for tweets for aepyornis.