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Dodo
The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Its closest genetic relative was the also extinct Rodrigues solitaire, the two forming the subfamily Raphinae of the family of pigeons and doves. The closest extant relative of the dodo is the Nicobar pigeon. A white dodo was once thought to have existed on the nearby island of Réunion, but this is now thought to have been confusion based on the Réunion ibis and paintings of white dodos.

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Raphus cucullatus

Noun
1. extinct heavy flightless bird of Mauritius related to pigeons
(synonym) dodo
(hypernym) columbiform bird
(member-holonym) Raphus, genus Raphus



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