Definition of cassowary
: 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
Recent Examples of cassowary from the Web
Louie’s parents would have measured some 25 feet long and weighed more than three tons, Erika Engelhaupt writes for National Geographic, and likely would have resembled the giant cassowary.
Emus are a stately five to six feet (one to two meters) long, and cassowaries and greater rheas aren’t far behind.
Today’s ostriches, rheas, and cassowaries are not substitutes for the terror birds, just as the fact that birds are living dinosaurs provides little solace for those who have the impossible wish of seeing a living Tyrannosaurus or Allosaurus.
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Origin and Etymology of cassowary
Malay kĕsuari, from an Austronesian language of the Moluccas
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
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