• Dinornis
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Dinornis type genus of the Dinornithidae: large moas
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dinornis The typical and only genus of the extinct family Dinornithidœ. Numerous species, as D. giganteus, D. elephantopus, etc., have been described by Owen, differing much in size; the largest must have stood about 14 feet high, and had thigh bones stouter than those of a horse. The general figure of these huge flightless birds was like that of the ostrich, but the size was much greater, and the legs were both relatively and absolutely much stouter. See moa.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dinornis dī-nor′nis a genus of large extinct birds, the bones of which are found in New Zealand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed from Gr. deinos, terrible, and ornis, a bird.


In literature:

To my mind the dinornis is the opmahera of More.
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" by James De Mille
The Dinornis is a good example.
"The Boy Ranchers at Spur Creek" by Willard F. Baker
Dinornis, or moa, recent extirpation of, in New Zealand, 95.
"Man and Nature" by George P. Marsh
According to Professor Owen, there must have been many species of dinornis.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur