Stru`thi*o"nes\, n. pl. [NL. See Struthio.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) A division, or order, of birds, including only the African ostriches. (b) In a wider sense, an extensive group of birds including the ostriches, cassowaries, emus, moas, and allied birds incapable of flight. In this sense it is equivalent to Ratit[ae], or Drom[ae]ognath[ae].
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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