emu

noun
\ˈē-(ˌ)myü, -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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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 Three foxes, five alpacas and an emu died as a result of attacks by the 3-year-old jaguar named Valerio. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Sharp teeth: Jaguar may have bitten through steel cable," 17 July 2018 Lisbon police, an animal control officer and much of the town searched throughout the day Thursday for the 5-foot-4-inch emu that escaped from the local sanctuary. BostonGlobe.com, "Emu that fled captivity returned to sanctuary in Maine," 1 June 2018 Lisbon police, an animal control officer and much of the town searched throughout the day Thursday for the 5-foot-4-inch flightless ostrich-like emu that escaped from the local animal sanctuary. CBS News, "Elderly emu known as "The Bird" on the loose in central Maine," 1 June 2018 Police had said the emu was somewhere in the local woods. BostonGlobe.com, "Emu that fled captivity returned to sanctuary in Maine," 1 June 2018 Police say the emu is likely somewhere in the local woods. CBS News, "Elderly emu known as "The Bird" on the loose in central Maine," 1 June 2018 Their fossils reveal that the ground-dwelling birds had long, sturdy legs, like those of a kiwi or an emu, nothing like the delicate legs of perching birds. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "These were the unlikely survivors after dinosaurs went extinct," 24 May 2018 The dinosaur, known as Citipati osmolskae, was a roughly emu-sized oviraptorosaur. Kohei Tanaka, National Geographic, "How Giant Dinosaurs Sat on Their Eggs Without Crushing Them," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of emu

Noun

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emu

Noun

modification of Portuguese ema cassowary

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emu

noun

English Language Learners Definition of emu

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

emu

noun
\ˈē-ˌmyü \

Kids Definition of emu

: a large fast-running Australian bird that cannot fly

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