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cassowary

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noun cas·so·wary \ˈka-sə-ˌwer-ē\

Definition of cassowary

plural

cassowaries

  1. :  any of a genus (Casuarius) of large ratite birds chiefly of New Guinea and northern Australia that have a horny casque on the head and are closely related to the emu



Origin and Etymology of cassowary

Malay kĕsuari, from an Austronesian language of the Moluccas


First Known Use: 1611

Rhymes with cassowary

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