Definition of emu
: a swift-running Australian ratite bird (Dromaius novae-hollandiae) with undeveloped wings that is smaller than the ostrich
Recent Examples of emu from the Web
When our son was a baby there was only one sure-fire cure to his occasional crankiness: a song about an emu, and a silly dance that my husband made up to go with it.
Look at that wrinkly, drooly tube of powerful senses and realize that millions of years ago, his ancestors were probably sharing territory with that emu’s ancestors.
The emu was dry and the kangaroo had a funky smell.
The development of a next-generation spacesuit aims to replace Extravehicular Mobility Units, or EMUs, that were developed in the 1970s for the shuttle program and remain in use on the ISS.
There was a New Zealand diorama—a plaster meadow littered with decrepit stuffed sheep, as well as an emu and a kiwi bird—that had become infested with moths.
So far, at least one emu has been injured in the Border Fire.
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Origin and Etymology of emu
modification of Portuguese ema cassowary
First Known Use: 1656See Words from the same year
Definition of emu
EMU Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emu for English Language Learners
: an Australian bird that does not fly but is a very fast runner
EMU Defined for Kids
Definition of emu for Students
: a large fast-running Australian bird that cannot fly
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