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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of Cervidæ or subgenus of Cervus, containing the large East Indian stags, with cylindric antlers forked at the top and developing a brow-tine, and a tuft of hair on the hind legs; the rusine deer.
  • n. [lowercase] A species of this genus, especially R. hippelaphus.
  • n. The lemon-grass or ginger-grass, Andropogon Schœanthus, yielding rusa-oil.

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  • "Stephen found to his stupefaction that he could walk through a herd of rusa, pushing his way where they stood thick, as though he were one of themselves."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 227

    March 5, 2008