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- n. A bird in the genus Stipiturus with long tail feathers like those of the emu.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small Australian bird of the genus Stipiturus.
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Accordingly in the tribes of South-Eastern Australia which we have been considering the bat and the owl, the emu-wren and the superb warbler, may properly be described as totems of the sexes.
 This word seems to mean elder sister, and is applied by the girls to their sex-totem, the emu-wren.
Then there is the emu-wren, all sad-coloured, but quaint, with the tail-feathers sticking up on end, and exactly like those of an emu; on the very smallest scale, even to the peculiarity of two feathers growing out of the same little quill.