The specific name was given on account of the extraordinary swiftness of the animal.
He was surnamed Cursor from his swiftness of foot.
He did so with masterly skill and swiftness, and the triumphs of Ulm and Austerlitz hid from view the disaster of Trafalgar; and the only official reference to that crushing defeat was couched in these terms: "Storms caused us to lose some ships of the line after a fight imprudently engaged" (speech to the Legislature, 2nd of March 1806).
Cool, self-possessed and cautious as a general, Marshal Berwick was at the same time not wanting in audacity and swiftness of action.
Of New Zealand, p. 362): "The kiwi is in some measure compensated for the absence of wings by its swiftness of foot.