• WordNet 3.6
    • n aepyornis huge (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird of Madagascar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n aepyornis A gigantic (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird, of which fossils were found in Madagascar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aepyornis A genus of gigantic fossil birds found in Madagascar. The species is named Æpyornis maximus. It was 3-toed like Dinornis, of similar enormous stature, and is one of the largest known birds. The egg was some 12 or 14 inches long, and of the capacity of 6 ostrich-eggs or about 12 dozen heneggs. The remains are found in very recent deposits, and the bird was probably contemporary with the moa. Æpyornis is the type of a family Æpyornithidæ, related to the Dinornithidæ, of the subclass Ratitæ. Sometimes spelled Epyornis, and even Epiornis; the latter is wholly inadmissible.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. high + bird


In literature:

The Apteryx, Moa, Rhea, and the Ostrich, as well as AEpyornis, which is only recently extinct, are found in the same regions.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
Specimens of the AEpyornis are rare in this country, but Mr. Robert Gilfort, of Orange, N.J., is the possessor of a very fine egg.
"Animals of the Past" by Frederic A. Lucas