from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various flightless ostrichlike birds of the family Dinornithidae, native to New Zealand and extinct for over a century.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A very large, extinct, flightless bird of the family Dinornithidae that was native to New Zealand; until its extinction, one species was the largest bird in the world.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several very large extinct species of wingless birds belonging to Dinornis, and other related genera, of the suborder Dinornithes, found in New Zealand. They are allied to the apteryx and the ostrich. They were probably exterminated by the natives before New Zealand was discovered by Europeans. Some species were much larger than the ostrich.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gigantic extinct bird of the family Dinornithidæ. See cut under Dinornis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extinct flightless bird of New Zealand
Maori.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Maori moa, from Proto-Polynesian *moa (“fowl”). (Wiktionary)