Definitions

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  • noun Either of two bird species of the extinct family Aptornithidae, endemic to New Zealand.

Etymologies

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From: adze + bill

Examples

  • Other historically extinct species include the giant flightless moas, which could grow to more than 3.5 meters in height, the bizarre flightless adzebill (Aptornis), which weighed up to 10 kilograms and bears no resemblance to any other known bird, and the largest eagle in the world, Haast's eagle (Harpagornis moorei), which preyed on moa.

    Biological diversity in New Zealand

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  • A prehistoric flightless bird of New Zealand.

    March 4, 2008