Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Australian bird of the genus Orthonyx, formerly considered as related to the lyre-bird, but now placed in that heterogeneous group the Timeliidæ. There are about half a dozen species, the type of genus being O. spinicauda. They are almost as large as sparrows, and have large feet, straight claws, and a spiny tail, whence the name spine-tail, frequently given to them.
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