Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various flightless ostrichlike birds of the family Dinornithidae, native to New Zealand and extinct for over a century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very large, extinct, flightless bird of the family Dinornithidae that was native to New Zealand; until its extinction, one species was the largest bird in the world.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several very large extinct species of wingless birds belonging to Dinornis, and other related genera, of the suborder Dinornithes, found in New Zealand. They are allied to the apteryx and the ostrich. They were probably exterminated by the natives before New Zealand was discovered by Europeans. Some species were much larger than the ostrich.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gigantic extinct bird of the family Dinornithidæ. See cut under Dinornis.

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

  • n. extinct flightless bird of New Zealand

Etymologies

Maori.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Maori moa, from Proto-Polynesian *moa (“fowl”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For more information, call 758-5282, e-mail moa@ wfu. edu or visit the museum Web site at www.wfu. edu/moa.

    Local News from The Dispatch | Lexington, NC

  • If a person keeps their shots within 300 yards (as they should) a rifle that prints 2 moa is more than accurate enough to take big game.

    When is a Rifle Not Accurate Enough?

  • Now the moa is officially extinct, being gone since the 12th century, with some lingering possibly into the 1500's.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • While visiting the Auckland museum last month I was fascinated to see the replica of a gigantic bird called a moa, extinct since around 1500 A.D.

    The Moa

  • Whenever I've read about this sucker it's been described as a moa eater.

    Baby-Eating Birds

  • The basic facts in the case couldn't be more straightforward: when people first came to New Zealand's northern and southern islands, there were large flightless birds known as moa already living there; today there are many more people and no more moa.

    No Moa: Modeling an Extinction

  • 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)

  • The moa is an extinct New Zealand bird with drumsticks the size of Jonah Lomu's legs.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The moa was another flightless giant bird that lived in New Zealand until it was hunted to extinction in the 18th century.

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  • "They are becoming more open to earning a stable income and having a home that's more comfortable for their own family." kita juga mampu lakukan sepertimana masyarakat lain yang ada kat malaysia. kte jangan terlalu mengharapkan sangat terhadap bantuan yang dijanjikan kata kena saya merupakan salah seorang ahli moa yang merasakan tindakan perlu wujud untuk berubah dalam apa segi pun. dalam hal ini peranan semua pihak mesti ada. moa sendiri mesti berani memperjuangkan apa yang menjadi hak mereka. bagi jheoa bukan semua pegawainya yg tidak bagus. kejayaan saya adalah hasil usaha yg disalurkan oleh jheoa. jheoa sebagai tulang belakang pembangunan moa, untuk menjadikannya lebih berkesan perlu menawarkan ketua pengarahnya kepada moa sendiri untuk mengemudinya. untuk ngo, perlulah memberikan input yg berguna kpd moa dan bukannya utk membantah shj. akhir sekali saya amat mengharapkan moa akan

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