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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Paradisaeidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A genus of highly ornate and brilliantly colored birds of Australia, allied to the birds of Paradise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of magnificent Papuan birds, belonging to the Paradiseidæ, and made type of a subfamily Epimachinæ, having a slender bill, densely feathered nostrils, and highly developed plumage of the wings and tail, which latter is several times longer than the body; the plume-birds proper.
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The great Epimaque, or Long-tailed Paradise Bird (Epimachus magnus), is another of these wonderful creatures, only known by the imperfect skins prepared by the natives.
Epimachus; the basilica of Tertullinus, and the church of St. Eugenia with the cemetery of Apronianus, also a large basilica dedicated by
Epimachus and Alexander, after long imprisonment and many tortures, were also burnt, with four women.
There are also several martyrs named Epimachus, and, owing to the meagreness of the information possessed concerning them less careful writers have confounded them greatly while the greater hagiologists are unable to agree as to their number or identity.
Most of the great writers have denied the existence of an Epimachus martyred at Rome, and account for the relics honoured there by asserting that the body of the Alexandrian
Epimachus was transported thither shortly before the martyrdom of St. Gordianus Remi de Buck, the learned Bollandist, however, maintains that the evidence for the Roman Epimachus is too strong to be doubted, while he rejects the pretended translation of the relics of
Church on 12 Dec.; Epimachus whose body with that of St. Gordianus, is honoured at Rome on 10 May.
And at the last his servants took and stole it away, and with it the body of the blessed Epimachus, whom the said Julian had slain a little tofore.
The Scale-breasted Paradise Bird (Epimachus magnificus of Cuvier) is now generally placed with the Australian Rifle birds in the genus Ptiloris.
Epimachus, an Athenian engineer, he constructed a machine which, in anticipation of its effect, was called Helepolis, or "the city-taker."