cursores definition

  • noun-plural:
    • An order of operating birds like the ostrich, emu, and allies; the Ratitaæ.
    • several operating spiders; the wolf spiders.
    • An order of running birds including the ostrich, emu, and allies; the Ratitaæ.
    • A group of operating spiders; the wolf spiders.
  • others:
    • In ornithology: An order of birds, the struthious or ratite wild birds, corresponding into the Ratitæ of Merrem (1813), or the Brevipennes of Cuvier (1817): so called from the swift-footedness of all of the flightless birds. In Sundevall's system of classification, the 4th cohort of Grallatores, made up of the plovers, bustards, cranes, rails, and all various other wading birds perhaps not incorporated into their Limicolæ, Pelargi, or Herodii. Brevirostres is a synonym. In Illiger's system (1811), the fifth purchase of birds, uniting the struthious aided by the charadriomorphic wild birds: divided into Proceri (the struthious birds), Campestres (the bustards alone), and Littorales (the plovers and plover-like birds).
    • In entomology, several spiders, like the wolf-spiders (Lycosidæ), which can make no webs, but catch their prey by swift pursuit. See Citigrada.
    • In ornithology: An order of birds, the struthious or ratite wild birds, corresponding towards the Ratitæ of Merrem (1813), and/or Brevipennes of Cuvier (1817): so called through the swift-footedness on most of those flightless wild birds. In Sundevall's system of classification, the fourth cohort of Grallatores, made up of the plovers, bustards, cranes, rails, and all sorts of other wading birds perhaps not included in his Limicolæ, Pelargi, or Herodii. Brevirostres is a synonym. In Illiger's system (1811), the 5th order of birds, uniting the struthious with the charadriomorphic wild birds: split into Proceri (the struthious wild birds), Campestres (the bustards alone), and Littorales (the plovers and plover-like wild birds).
    • In entomology, a group of spiders, such as the wolf-spiders (Lycosidæ), which make no webs, but capture their prey by swift pursuit. See Citigrada.

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