Definition of Gastornis in English:

Gastornis

Line breaks: Gas|tor¦nis
Pronunciation: /ɡaˈstɔːnɪs
 
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noun

A very large flightless bird of the Eocene epoch.
More example sentences
  • Widely different opinions have been offered since the first discovery of Gastornis in 1855.
  • Given its huge size, Gastornis must have been a silent ambush hunter in the thick forests.
  • Unfortunately, while the Gastornis is out hunting, a horde of large ants (known as Formicium) ambush its baby.

Origin

modern Latin, from the name of the French scientist Gaston Planté (1834–89), who found the first specimen, + Greek ornis 'bird'.

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