One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
With singular concord. A former order of birds comprising those that scratch the ground to obtain food, including the gallinaceous birds and the doves and pigeons; (treated as plural) the members of this order.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in James Jennings (d. c1834). From scientific Latin Rasores, specifically use of plural of classical Latin rāsor scraper (only recorded in an 8th-cent. epitome) from rās-, past participial stem of rādere to scrape, scratch + -or.
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