cassowary

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cassowary large black flightless bird of Australia and New Guinea having a horny head crest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cassowary (Zoöl) A large bird, of the genus Casuarius, found in the east Indies. It is smaller and stouter than the ostrich. Its head is armed with a kind of helmet of horny substance, consisting of plates overlapping each other, and it has a group of long sharp spines on each wing which are used as defensive organs. It is a shy bird, and runs with great rapidity. Other species inhabit New Guinea, Australia, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cassowary A large struthious bird of the genus Casuarius, subfamily Casuariinæ, and family Casuariidæ, inhabiting Australia and the Papuan islands. It resembles the ostrich, and is nearly as large, but has shorter and thicker legs in proportion, and three toes. It is characterized by a ratite sternum, plumage with large aftershafts, rudimentary wings represented externally by several spine-like processes, fleshy caruncles or lappets upon the throat, and a large casque or helmet upon the head. It runs with great rapidity, outstripping the swiftest horse. The cassowary leaves its few eggs to be hatched by the heat of the sun.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cassowary kas′ō-war-i a genus of running birds, nearly related to the true ostrich, and nearer to the American rhea.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Malay kasuāri,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Malay kasuārī or kasavārī.

Usage

In literature:

The island abounded with cassowaries, the East Indian ostrich, and wild hogs.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The figure is a fairly accurate representation of an immature cassowary.
"Essays on early ornithology and kindred subjects" by James R. McClymont
They are cassowaries, with drooping dark-brown feathers that look rather out of curl, and necks of crimson and blue.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Cassowary shook his head.
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson
The Cassowary in the Leicester Museum has been worked up largely in this manner.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
One cassowary who died recently was found to contain one and eightpence in copper.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893" by Various
She seemed bent on advertising a Cassowary digestion.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
The cassowary differs from the ostriches in many respects.
"The Young Yagers" by Mayne Reid
Not much seems to be known of the habits of any of the cassowaries in a state of nature.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
The emeu is a bird of the plain, the cassowary of the forest.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Just before we turned into Braun's a huge cassowary, with three chicks, stalked on to the track ahead.
"From Chart House to Bush Hut" by Charles W. L. Bryde
CASSOWARY, sexes and incubation of the, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
It was at this crisis that Moses appeared to lead those in the Cassowary and their visitors out of the gloom oppressing them.
"The Cassowary" by Stanley Waterloo
This order includes the Ostrich, the Rhea, the Cassowaries and the Emus.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
Oh, Cyril, 'I wish I was a cassowary, on the banks of the Timbuctoo.
"The White Peacock" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
This bird exceeded considerably the cassowary in size, is all the author tells us of this bird.
"Trees. A Woodland Notebook" by Herbert Maxwell
It is accounted the largest and tallest of any winged and feathered fowl; taller than the gruen or cassowary.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne" by Thomas Browne
This bird exceeded considerably the cassowary in size, is all the author tells us of this bird.
"Extinct Birds" by Walter Rothschild
The Papuans of New Guinea hold that at death souls of human beings pass into animals such as cassowaries, fish, or pigs.
"Human Animals" by Frank Hamel
The ostriches and cassowaries also have only rudimentary wings and are not able to fly.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
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