from The Century Dictionary.

  • In Illiger's system (1811), the rasorial birds, or scratchers, an order of Aves, including the gallinaceous and columbaceous birds.
  • The same excluding the pigeons: now usually called Gallinæ (which see).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) An order of birds; the Gallinæ.


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  • The third (rasores) are distinguished by strong feet, for walking or running on the ground, and for scraping in it for their food; also by wings designed to scarcely raise them off the earth and, farther, by

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

  • Finally, the scansores resemble the rasores in their superior intelligence and docility, and in their having strong limbs and a bill entire at the tip.

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