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- n. A species of cassowary (Casuarius bennetti) found in New Britain, and noted for its agility. It is smaller and has stouter legs than the common cassowary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of cassowary (Casuarius Bennetti) found in New Britain, and noted for its agility in running and leaping. It is smaller and has stouter legs than the common cassowary. Its crest is bilobed; the neck and breast are black; the back, rufous mixed with black; and the naked skin of the neck, blue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A species of cassowary, Casuarius bennetti, peculiar to the island of New Britain.
Several specimens have long since been brought to England from the island of New Britain, the natives of which call it the "mooruk," and hold it in some degree sacred.
Nowhere else in the world do we find those very oldest types of birds represented by the cassowaries, the emus, and the mooruk of New Britain.
Dan and the doctor had both started up with their bows; Nub had taken his, but when the mooruk kicked him it had been sent flying out of his hand, and before he could recover it the bird had got to such a distance that his arrow would have glanced harmlessly off its thick feathers, had he attempted to shoot.