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moa

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Pronunciation: /ˈməʊə
 
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Definition of moa in English:

noun

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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Maori.

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