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Pronunciation: /ˈməʊə/


A large extinct flightless bird resembling the emu, formerly found in New Zealand.
  • Family Dinornithidae: several genera and species; Dinornis maximus is the tallest known bird at over 3 m, but Megalapteryx didinus, which may have survived until the early 19th century, was much smaller.
Example sentences
  • Ostriches, emus, cassowaries, rheas, kiwis, moas and elephant birds really are more closely related to each other than they are to any other birds.
  • Other ratites, the elephant bird of Madagascar and the moas of New Zealand, have been extinct for several centuries, probably as a result of human hunting.
  • Owen also identified New Zealand's giant flightless bird, the moa or dinornis, from a piece of shin just 15 cm long.


Mid 19th century: from Maori.

Words that rhyme with moa

anoa, Balboa, blower, boa, foregoer, goer, grower, hoer, jerboa, knower, Krakatoa, Lebowa, lower, mower, Mururoa, Noah, o'er, proa, protozoa, rower, Samoa, sewer, Shenandoah, shower, sower, spermatozoa, Stour, thrower, tower

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