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See also: aepyornis


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From Ancient Greek αἰπύς (aipús, high) and ὄρνις (órnis, bird).


Aepyornis m

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Aepyornithidae – elephant birds, large, extinct birds of Madagascar.
    • 1919 June 6, WM. C. Bradbury, “Some notes on the egg of Aepyornis maximus”, in The Condor[1], volume 21, page 100:
      Calculations in displacement show the Aepyornis egg to be equivalent to each of the following number of eggs of modern species []
    • 1994, Gerald Durrell, The Aye-Aye and I[2], page 6:
      Although enormous, the Aepyornis was incapable of treating elephants in this cavalier fashion - even baby elephants - since, like the ostrich, it could not fly.
    • 2014, Nicolae Sfetcu, The Birds World[3]:
      Whilst it is often believed that the extinction of the Aepyornis was an effect of human actions, a study in 2000, by a team of archaeologists from Sheffield University and Royal Holloway University in the UK, suggests otherwise.


  • "aepyornis." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002.

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From scientific Latin Aepyornis (genus name).



Aepyornis (plural Aepyornises)

  1. An elephant bird of the genus Aepyornis.
    • 1894, H. G. Wells, Aepyornis Island
      I wonder how long it is since these Aepyornises really lived.
    • 2000, Errol Fuller, Extinct Birds, Oxford 2000, p. 35:
      For how long the Aepyornis survived the arrival of Europeans was, and remains, a mystery.