Pitta gigas
Breve Breve (br[=e]v), n. [It. & (in sense 2) LL. breve, fr. L. brevis short. See {Brief}.] 1. (Mus.) A note or character of time, equivalent to two semibreves or four minims. When dotted, it is equal to three semibreves. It was formerly of a square figure (as thus: ? ), but is now made oval, with a line perpendicular to the staff on each of its sides; -- formerly much used for choir service. --Moore. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court. [1913 Webster]

3. (Print.) A curved mark [[breve]] used commonly to indicate the short quantity of a vowel. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) The great ant thrush of Sumatra ({Pitta gigas}), which has a very short tail. [1913 Webster]


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