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The Mountfords all in plumes, like estridges were seen.

Ostriches (Struthio camelus) are either one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member(s) of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. The ostrich shares the order Struthioniformes with the kiwis, emus, rheas and cassowaries. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs, and can run at up to about 70 km/h (19 m/s; 43 mph), the fastest land speed of any bird. The ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest eggs of any living bird (extinct elephant birds of Madagascar and the giant moa of New Zealand laid larger eggs).


  • Prince Edward all in gold, as he great Jove had been,
    The Mountfords all in plumes, like estridges were seen.
  • Like the ostrich, head under wing
    When the roaring storm breaks,
    So many people take refuge
    Under the soft pillow
    Of specious arguments.
  • All furnish'd, all in arms;
    All plum'd, like estridges that with the wind
    Baited, like eagles having lately bath'd.

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