\ ˈē-(ˌ)myü How to pronounce emu (audio) , -mü\

Definition of emu

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a swift-running Australian ratite bird (Dromaius novae-hollandiae) with undeveloped wings that is smaller than the ostrich

Definition of emu (Entry 2 of 2)

electromagnetic unit

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But by the time officials made it there, the emu had fled. Scottie Andrew And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "There's an emu on the loose in North Carolina, and nobody's been quick enough to catch it," 1 Aug. 2019 But the landscape was still bountiful, an Aussie Garden of Eden: Middens reveal that residents harvested fish, mussels and yabbies (freshwater crayfish) from the lake waters, and trapped small marsupials, collected emu eggs and grew sweet potato. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 New Zealand is believed to have been the site of many gigantic birds that later became extinct, including the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle and an emu-like bird called the moa. Washington Post, "Scientists say monster penguin once swam New Zealand oceans," 14 Aug. 2019 North Carolina Hillsborough: Officials are looking for an emu on the loose that was last spotted jumping on the hood of a car before running away. USA TODAY, "Milestone rhino, Bigfoot shooting, jailed for feeding cats: News from around our 50 states," 1 Aug. 2019 In March, Boston Dynamics released footage of a wheeled emu-like robot gliding across a warehouse floor with ease, demonstrating its ability to pick up and move large boxes using what appear to be suction cups at the end of a long neck. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Amazon’s one-day delivery service depends on the work of thousands of robots," 7 June 2019 An emu holds lemonade, a koala rides a bike, and a crocodile suns himself. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Most Unusual Baby Gifts Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Received So Far," 24 Oct. 2018 But the eventual animal death toll was three foxes, five alpacas and an emu. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Fox is 9th casualty after jaguar’s weekend escape at zoo," 16 July 2018 Six animals — four alpacas, a fox and an emu — were pronounced dead immediately after the attack. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Jaguar at New Orleans zoo bit through steel fence before killing 9 animals, will not be euthanized," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of emu


1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emu


modification of Portuguese ema cassowary

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English Language Learners Definition of emu

: an Australian bird that does not fly but is a very fast runner


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Kids Definition of emu

: a large fast-running Australian bird that cannot fly

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