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cassowaries


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 




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