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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of extinct, ostrichlike birds of gigantic size, which formerly inhabited New Zealand. See moa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical and only genus of the extinct family Dinornithidœ.

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

  • n. type genus of the Dinornithidae: large moas

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Examples

  • His curiosity was excusable, for he had recognized, or thought he had recognized, these birds as “moas” belonging to the species of “dinornis,” which many naturalists class with the extinct birds.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • As to riding on them, that is likely enough; for ostriches are used for this purpose, and the dinornis must have been far stronger and fleeter than the ostrich.

    A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

  • Mauritius and the dinornis of New Zealand have disappeared within the historical period, and there is no reason to suppose that such gaps have been, or will be, filled up by new creations.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

  • Exactly the same thing is found by geology in its tertiary and post-tertiary strata: nowhere a mammal, but gigantic birds with rudimentary {70} wings, down to the dinornis, which probably died out in man's time.

    The Theories of Darwin and Their Relation to Philosophy, Religion, and Morality

  • One such reason is the way in which struthious birds are, or have been, distributed around the antarctic region: as the ostrich in Africa, the rhea in South America, the emeu in Australia, the apteryx, dinornis, &c. in New Zealand, the epiornis in Madagascar.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Her sway must have begun with the glacial drifters and the kitchen middeners and the Engis skull man, when they and the rest of the paleoliths were battling with the dodo and the dinornis and the didifornis, and had no time for the cult of beauty except by proxy.

    The Bacillus of Beauty A Romance of To-day

  • Now Zealand formerly possessed several species of dinornis, one of which, called moa by the islanders, was larger than the ostrich.

    Earth as Modified by Human Action, The~ Chapter 02 (historical)

  • His curiosity was excusable, for he had recognized, or thought he had recognized, these birds as "moas" belonging to the species of "dinornis," which many naturalists class with the extinct birds.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • According to observations, the height of the dinornis may have been from twelve to fourteen feet, or even more; it is supposed the birds were numerous at one time, and lived to a great age.

    Chatterbox, 1906

  • A search during 1870, amongst the old cooking-pits, or ovens, in the Province of Canterbury, brought to view sundry remains of the dinornis, being a sure sign that some of the huge birds had been caught and cooked.

    Chatterbox, 1906

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