• WordNet 3.6
    • n moa extinct flightless bird of New Zealand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Moa mō"ȧ (Zoöl) Any one of several very large extinct species of wingless birds belonging to Dinornis, and other related genera, of the suborder Dinornithes, found in New Zealand. They are allied to the apteryx and the ostrich. They were probably exterminated by the natives before New Zealand was discovered by Europeans. Some species were much larger than the ostrich.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n moa A gigantic extinct bird of the family Dinornithidæ. See cut under Dinornis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Moa mō′a an extinct large wingless ostrich-like bird of New Zealand.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Native name


In literature:

He landed in the bay of Moa, and then, keeping near the coast, sailed towards the Capo del Pico, now called Cape Vacz.
"The Life of Christopher Columbus from his own Letters and Journals" by Edward Everett Hale
In any case there can be no end of mastodons, mammoths, woolly rhinoceroses, moa birds, and all such shooting.
"A Journey in Other Worlds" by John Jacob Astor
The'e don't seem to be any houses, any moa.
"Ragged Lady, Complete" by William Dean Howells
The dodo was in existence fifty years ago, the moa about a hundred years ago.
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" by James De Mille
He had a son who was named Moa, after his preserve fowls, and this Moa became king of Manu'a.
"Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before" by George Turner
Whales, like moas and cassowaries, carry us back to a remote past, of whose conditions we know too little for safe speculation.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
The Moa's eyrie is in the King's country.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
A complete skeleton of the Moa bird is to be seen in the British Museum.
"Five Years in New Zealand" by Robert B. Booth
He stood there, with Rankin, Moa and George Prince crowding him.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
I moas seed it wif ma own eyes.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Farther back, in 1842, there was an account of a strange bird the New Zealanders knew, and called a Moa, published by a Mr. Williams.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
All the passengers were herded there, with Miko and Moa alternating on guard.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Miko and his sister Moa had a touch of Martian accent, worn almost away by living for some years in Great-New York.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Moa was across the lock, backed up against its wall.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The name of that rooster was Kalauhele-moa.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
What Niagara is to ordinary waterfalls, the Moa was to all the bird-tribe.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Maturin M. Ballou
But I think this: the miles are long between this and the Moa's Nest.
"Midnight Webs" by George Manville Fenn
Another early ploughman was a bird, the Moa.
"The Adventures of a Grain of Dust" by Hallam Hawksworth
Egg-shell of the Moa.
"Trees. A Woodland Notebook" by Herbert Maxwell
Egg-shell of the Moa.
"Extinct Birds" by Walter Rothschild

In news:

A new, unusually well- preserved specimen of moa has been discovered recently, raising the hope that it may be possible to extract DNA from a sample of its tissues.
Until about 1,000 years ago, New Zealand had its colossal bird, the moa.
Grazing Ecology and Forest History by F. The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric Life of New Zealand by Trevor H Worthy and Richard N Holdaway, with principal photography by Rod Morris Indiana University Press, 718 pp.
Moa 's first shares trade at $1.35 - 8pc premium.
Shares in Moa Group, the boutique beer maker doing New Zealand's first initial public offering of the year, have just started trading on the NZX at an 8 per cent premium.
Beer Brewer Moa Group's Shares Debut Higher on New Zealand Stock Exchange.
Moa to register prospectus for listing to raise $15 million.
Export sales growth for Moa beer is around 200 per cent a year.
MOA with Federal Agencies Sparks Lively Discussion.
MOA 's new mission: remaking itself for high-end shoppers (w/ video).
Orange County Choppers at MOA 30 Mar 12.
MOA plans life after Bloomingdale's.
Access to 'suspicious-activity' reports now restricted after MOA security details revealed.
The Moa Room 1007 Guerrero (at 22nd Street), 282-1007.
Bloomington Police sgt Robert Larson checked his phone as he patrolled the MOA Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 the day after a racing crowd of more than 200 young people created a chaotic scene.

In science:

Microlensing surveys (OGLE, MACHO, MOA, EROS and Supermacho) are ideal for increasing the sample because they monitor millions of stars and thus could observe the characteristic RCB signature of rapid fading.
R Coronae Borealis stars in the Galactic Bulge discovered by EROS-2
Several variants of online decision tree models are present in the MOA system of Bifet et al. (2010).
Consistency of Online Random Forests
MOA: Massive Online Analysis, a framework for stream classification and clustering.
Consistency of Online Random Forests
The moa group conducts a survey mainly dedicated to the search for planets (see e.g.
The Galactic Halo from Microlensing
At present, lensing teams like OGLE and MOA are monitoring large regions of the sky, on the order of 200 sq. degrees, or ∼ 0.005 of the sky.
Searching for Planets During Predicted Mesolensing Events: II. PLAN-IT: An Observing Program and its Application to VB 10
Many thanks to Ha jnal Andr´eka, Philip Kelly, Michael Levy, Belaid Moa, Istv´an Nemeti, Alex Thomo, and Bill Wadge for helpful discussions and suggestions.
Set-Theoretic Preliminaries for Computer Scientists