elephant bird

elephant bird
noun Date: circa 1889 any of a group (genus Aepyornis or order Aepyornithiformes) of gigantic flightless ratite birds known only from remains found in Madagascar

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  • elephant bird — noun huge (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird of Madagascar • Syn: ↑aepyornis • Hypernyms: ↑ratite, ↑ratite bird, ↑flightless bird • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Aepyornis …   Useful english dictionary

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  • elephant bird — noun Any of an extinct family of flightless birds comprising the genera Aepyornis and Mullerornis …   Wiktionary

  • elephant bird — /ˈɛləfənt bɜd/ (say eluhfuhnt berd) noun any of a number of very large flightless birds of Madagascar of the genus Aepyornis; long extinct …   Australian English dictionary

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  • elephant — elephantoid, adj. /el euh feuhnt/, n., pl. elephants, (esp. collectively) elephant for 1. 1. either of two large, five toed pachyderms of the family Elephantidae, characterized by a long, prehensile trunk formed of the nose and upper lip,… …   Universalium

  • Elephant and Piggie — is a book series for early readers by Mo Willems. The series, which debuted in 2007 with two books, is done in a comic book style, and features two friends: an elephant, Gerald, and a pig, Piggie. The books are written in conversational style… …   Wikipedia

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