notornis definition by Webster's New World
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any of a rare genus (Notornis) of nonflying gallinulelike birds of New Zealand
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Greek notos, the south (see Notogaea) plush ornis, bird
notornis definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. notornis
Any of several flightless New Zealand birds, now rare, of the genus Notornis, especially the takahe.
Origin: New Latin Notornīs, genus name : Greek notos, south + Greek ornīs, bird; see or- in Indo-European roots.