\ 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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In the meaning defined above

Examples of emu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ella sings her verse, which is as rare as a talking emu. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 29 Nov. 2021 An emu, a large, flightless bird, is running loose, according to the Pendleton County Animal Shelter and county dispatchers. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, 3 Aug. 2021 Liberty Mutual ads with the LiMu emu (and Doug) are better than the ones without them. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2021 The scientists tested their model on modern emu and ostrich eggs before applying it to the fossilized eggshell fragments found in New Guinea. Katie Hunt, CNN, 27 Sep. 2021 And there’s ostrich lasagna and chicken-fried emu, too. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2021 The post asked people to not try and catch the emu. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, 3 Aug. 2021 The emu ran into some especially thick woods and was was last seen running west into the woods on Ky. 22. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2021 Two life-sized mascots — a kangaroo and an emu — that went missing from the Team Australia living quarters were also returned. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 3 Aug. 2021

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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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12 Dec 2021

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“Emu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emu. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of emu

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


\ ˈē-ˌmyü How to pronounce emu (audio) \

Kids Definition of emu

: a large fast-running Australian bird that cannot fly

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