from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several flightless New Zealand birds, now rare, of the genus Notornis, especially the takahe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gigantic ralline birds of New Zealand and some other islands, with rudimentary wings, related to the gallinules of the genus Porphyrio, supposed to have become extinct within a few years. N. mantelli is the type-species.
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- n. flightless New Zealand birds similar to gallinules
New Latin Notornīs, genus name : Greek notos, south + Greek ornīs, bird; see or- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)