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Moa \Mo"a\ (m[=o]"[.a]), n. [Native name.] (Zo["o]l.) 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

extinct, flightless bird of New Zealand, 1842, native Maori name.


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.


n. extinct flightless bird of New Zealand

Moa (disambiguation)

Moa are extinct giant flightless birds native to New Zealand.

Moa or MOA may also refer to:

Moa (name)

Moa is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:


  • Anika Moa (born 1980), New Zealand singer-songwriter
  • Taniela Moa (born 1985), Tongan rugby player
  • Sam Moa (born 1986), Tongan rugby player
  • Pío Moa (born 1945), Spanish writer and journalist
  • Iyasus Mo'a (1214–1294), saint of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

Given name:

  • Moa Arimoto (born 1986), Japanese actress and model
  • Moa Kikuchi (born 1999), also known as MOAMETAL, is a Japanese idol, singer and model
  • Moa Martinson (1890–1964), Swedish author
Moa (Indonesia)

thumb|upright=1.20|Map of Maluku archipelago. Moa is located in the central part of the archipelago.

Moa is an Indonesian island, at the center of the Leti Islands, and one of the 92 officially listed outlying islands of Indonesia. Leti is located in southwest Maluku province. The main town is Tiakur.

The Leti language, a member of Austronesian languages is spoken on Moa.

Usage examples of "moa".

Park of Extinct Animals was breached and many of the inner enclosures were opened, releasing into the wilderness nearly the entire extraordinary collection of carefully cloned beasts of yesteryear: moas, quaggas, giant ground sloths, dodos, passenger pigeons, aurochs, oryxes, saber-toothed cats, great auks, cahows and many another lost species that had been called back from oblivion by the most painstaking manipulation of fossil genetic material.

These moas which Paganel was chasing, the contemporaries of the Megatherium and the Pterodactyles, must have been eighteen feet high.

After a few minutes of chase, these fleet-footed moas disappeared among the tall trees, and the sportsmen lost their powder and their pains.

In lieu of richly garbed horses and moas, dogs and rodent-hunting cats roamed the streets.

Giant oystercatchers the size of moas stalked the shallows, stabbing the sand with beaks like swords.

He quickly became a leading expert on all kinds of animals living and extinct—from platypuses, echidnas, and other newly discovered marsupials to the hapless dodo and the extinct giant birds called moas that had roamed New Zealand until eaten out of existence by the Maoris.

Varieties of creatures with vast striking beaks resembling the diatrymas of Earth's Eocene roamed it, and there were some introduced Earth birds, too: The "banana belt" of the northern coastal regions had a climate not unlike the south of New Zealand and there were a few ranches for reconstituted and slightly modified moas, strongly fenced in and over to protect them from the savage and powerful locals.

Only after the first Polynesian settlers had exterminated moas and decimated seal populations on New Zealand, and exterminated or decimated seabirds and land birds on other Polynesian islands, did they intensify their food production.

She sees ground sloths, great auks, quaggas, moas, heath hens, Javan rhinos, giant armadillos, and many other rarities.

Many people believed that the avatars of the Preservers, which the heretics had silenced in every shrine in the temples of the civilized lands of the nearside shore, sometimes still appeared in these remote shrines when no one was watching, or that they appeared before secret congregations of moas, red foxes and ground sloths.