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Dinornithidae (moas; class Aves, order Dinornithiformes) An extinct family of large, emu-like ratites, the largest being 3 m tall. They had no wings, and were herbivorous and ground-nesting. They became extinct during the last few hundred years, some possibly surviving into the 19th century. There were at least six genera, with 19 species, confined to New Zealand.