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emeu (plural emeus)

  1. Obsolete spelling of emu
    • 1656, John Tradescant [the elder], “Some Kindes of Birds Their Egges, Beaks, Feathers, Clawes, and Spurres”, in Musæum Tradescantianum: Or, A Collection of Rarities. Preserved at South-Lambeth neer London by John Tradescant, London: Printed by John Grismond, and are to be sold by Nathanael Brooke [], →OCLC, pages 1 and 3:
      [page 1] 1. EGGES. Caſſawary, or Emeu, vide Aldrov: p. 542. Harveum, G.A. p. 61. [] [page 3] 4. CLAWES. [] A legge and claw of the Caſſawary or Emeu that dyed at S. James’s, Weſtminſter.
    • 1752, John Hill, “CASUARIUS. [The Cassowary.]”, in An History of Animals. [], London: Printed for Thomas Osborne, [], →OCLC, page 482:
      It is a native both of the Eaſt and Weſt Indies; and all the writers on birds have deſscribed it. Aldrovand [Ulisse Aldrovandi] calls it Emeu ſive Eme; Boulius, Emeu vulgo Caſoarius; and others, Caſſuarus.
    • 1829, “The Progress of Zoology”, in T[homas] Crofton Croker, editor, The Christmas Box. An Annual Present to Young Persons, London: John Ebers and Co. 27 Old Bond Street; Philadelphia, Pa.: Thomas Wardle, →OCLC, page 176:
      From New Holland the emeu, / With his better moiety, / Has paid a visit to the Zo- / ological Society.
    • 1864 June 4, William Bennett, “Acclimation and Breeding of Emeus (Dromius irroratus, Bartlett) in Surrey”, in Edward Newman, editor, The Zoologist: A Popular Miscellany of Natural History, volume XXII, London: John Van Voorst, [], →OCLC, chapter II:
      I left my young emeus [] just parted from their affectionate father, and not yet fully reconciled to beginning the world on their own account.