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The Devil's Dictionary: Ostrich

by Ambrose Bierce
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OSTRICH

-n.

A large bird to which (for its sins, doubtless) nature has denied that hinder toe in which so many pious naturalists have seen a conspicuous evidence of design. The absence of a good working pair of wings is no defect, for, as has been ingeniously pointed out, the ostrich does not fly.

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