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Great bustard, Otis zarda, the only species in in its genus.


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Otis f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Otididae, the bustard family of birds.


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  • 2006, Gill, F. and Wright, M., Birds of the World: Recommended English Names, Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0691128276:



A patronymic surname derived from Middle English genitive case of the Germanic given name Ote, Ode, cognate to modern Otto.

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  1. A surname, notably of the American revolutionary hero James Otis and the innovator and industrialist Elisha Otis.
  2. (chiefly US) A male given name, transferred from the surname.
    • 1961 Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road, Vintage Contemporaries, 2000, ISBN 0375708448, page 74
      - - - in a world of mandatory diminutives, a corporation of jolly Bills and Jacks and Herbs and Teds in which an unabbreviable given name like Earl must have been a minor handicap, "Oat" was the best that could be done for a man with the given name of Otis.