from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of recently extinct ralliform birds, probably of the family Rallidæ, related to the extant genus Ocydromus.
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The sloths and armadilloes of South America had their gigantic predecessors in the enormous megatherium and mylodon, and the strongly armed glyptodon; the kangaroos and wombats of Australia had their extinct predecessors in a kangaroo nearly twice the size of the largest living species, and in so huge a wombat, that its bones have been mistaken for those of the hippopotamus; and the ornithic inhabitants of New Zealand had their predecessors in the monstrous birds, such as the dinornis, the aptornis, and the palapteryx, -- wingless creatures like the ostrich, that stood from six to twelve feet in height.
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