Elephant-bird meaning

Any of the very large extinct flightless birds that comprise the genera Aepyornis and Mullerornis within family Aepyornithidae, and lived in Madagascar until the 17th or 18th century; especially Aepyornis maximus.
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Origin of elephant-bird

  • Apparently from Marco Polo's description of the legendary rukh as being capable of seizing a small elephant.

    From Wiktionary