\ 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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Examples of emu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its Tennessee emu is served with dates, brown butter, Brussels sprouts, grapes, juniper and blackberry. Mike Morris, Los Angeles Times, "If yak and other unusual meats elicit a ‘yum’ from you, check out these restaurants," 27 July 2019 Saturday, drivers on Highway 99 northwest of Fresno were slowing down and rubbing their eyes when an emu decided to hoof it along the shoulder of the busy roadway. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "It’s a (highway) jungle out there," 14 Sep. 2019 The emu is the second-largest bird in the world, behind only the ostrich, and can weigh up to 120 pounds. Fox News, "California Highway Patrol officers capture fugitive emu on freeway," 15 Sep. 2019 The emu, whom Orange County workers had dubbed Eno, was known for popping up in front yards throughout central North Carolina since June. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "An emu that evaded authorities for months in North Carolina died during a capture attempt," 12 Sep. 2019 The celestial emu, which is found in Aboriginal traditions across Australia, shares nearly identical views and traditions with the Tupi people of Brazil and Bolivia, who see it as a celestial rhea, another large flightless bird. Simon Cropper, Quartz, "Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the stars?," 21 Aug. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of emu was in 1656

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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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