Emu and Ostrich

Emu

The Emu ( or ;

emu n 1: any of various systems of units for measuring electricity and magnetism [syn: {electromagnetic unit}] 2: large Australian flightless bird similar to the ostrich but smaller [syn: {Dromaius novaehollandiae}, {Emu novaehollandiae}]

Emu \E"mu\, n. [Cf. Pg. ema ostrich, F. ['e]mou, ['e]meu, emu.] (Zo["o]l.) A large Australian bird, of two species ({Dromaius Nov[ae]-Hollandi[ae]} and {D. irroratus}), related to the cassowary and the ostrich. The emu runs swiftly, but is unable to fly. [Written also {emeu} and {emew}.] [1913 Webster] Note: The name is sometimes erroneously applied, by the Brazilians, to the rhea, or South American ostrich. [1913 Webster] {Emu wren}. See in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]

Ostrich

The Ostrich, or Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus), is one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member(s) of the genus Struthio that is in the ratite family.

ostrich n 1: a person who refuses to face reality or recognize the truth (a reference to the popular notion that the ostrich hides from danger by burying its head in the sand) 2: fast-running African flightless bird with two-toed feet; largest living bird [syn: {Struthio camelus}]

ostrich \os"trich\ ([o^]s"trich), n. [OE. ostriche, ostrice, OF. ostruche, ostruce, F. autruche, L. avis struthio; avis bird + struthio ostrich, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? bird, sparrow. Cf. {Aviary}, {Struthious}.] [Formerly written also {estrich}.] (Zo["o]l.) A large bird of the genus {Struthio}, of which {Struthio camelus} of Africa is the best known species. It has long and very strong legs, adapted for rapid running; only two toes; a long neck, nearly bare of feathers; and short wings incapable of flight. The adult male is about eight feet high. [1913 Webster] Note: The South African ostrich ({Struthio australis}) and the Asiatic ostrich are considered distinct species by some authors. Ostriches are now domesticated in South Africa in large numbers for the sake of their plumes. The body of the male is covered with elegant black plumose feathers, while the wings and tail furnish the most valuable white plumes. [1913 Webster] {Ostrich farm}, a farm on which ostriches are bred for the sake of their feathers, oil, eggs, etc. {Ostrich farming}, the occupation of breeding ostriches for the sake of their feathers, etc. {Ostrich fern} (Bot.) a kind of fern ({Onoclea Struthiopteris}), the tall fronds of which grow in a circle from the rootstock. It is found in alluvial soil in Europe and North America. [1913 Webster]

Ostrich (Lam. 4:3), the rendering of Hebrew pl. enim; so called from its greediness and gluttony. The allusion here is to the habit of the ostrich with reference to its eggs, which is thus described: "The outer layer of eggs is generally so ill covered that they are destroyed in quantities by jackals, wild-cats, etc., and that the natives carry them away, only taking care not to leave the marks of their footsteps, since, when the ostrich comes and finds that her nest is discovered, she crushes the whole brood, and builds a nest elsewhere." In Job 39:13 this word in the Authorized Version is the rendering of a Hebrew word (notsah) which means "feathers," as in the Revised Version. In the same verse the word "peacocks" of the Authorized Version is the rendering of the Hebrew pl. renanim, properly meaning "ostriches," as in the Revised Version. (See {OWL} [1].)

OSTRICH, n. A large bird to which (for its sins, doubtless) nature has denied that hinder toe in which so many pious naturalists have seen a conspicuous evidence of design. The absence of a good working pair of wings is no defect, for, as has been ingeniously pointed out, the ostrich does not fly.

Data Sources:

  • emu: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • emu: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • ostrich: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • ostrich: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • ostrich: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
  • ostrich: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)

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