Cassowaries
Cassowary Cas"so*wa*ry, n.; pl. {Cassowaries}. [Malay kasu[=a]ri.] (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

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  • Casuariidae — Temporal range: Pliocene–present …   Wikipedia

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  • cassowary — /kas euh wer ee/, n., pl. cassowaries. any of several large flightless, ratite birds of the genus Casuarius, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, characterized by a bony casque on the front of the head. [1605 15; by uncert. mediation < …   Universalium

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