from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An improper form of Æpyornis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the gigantic ostrichlike birds of the genus Æpiornis, only recently extinct. Its remains have been found in Madagascar.


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  • These great birds, together with others, such as the epiornis and palapteryx, have disappeared, not through the ordinary course of nature, but by the hand of man.

    A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

  • 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


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