\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Tyrannoraurus rex fossil also bears a skin impression on its foot, which researchers said is remarkably similar to that of a modern emu. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "'Dueling dinosaurs' fossils show Triceratops, T. rex, may have died after a battle," 17 Nov. 2020 Police also fielded numerous calls about the emu, according to Police Director Jerry Speziale. Fox News, "'Something from outer space': Emu on the loose startles suburban NJ residents," 12 Aug. 2020 The emu had a minor scratch on its neck, the source of which was unknown. Fox News, "'Something from outer space': Emu on the loose startles suburban NJ residents," 12 Aug. 2020 At the Denver Zoo, staffers would spend extra time keeping an emu or a giraffe company. Cassandre Coyer, The Christian Science Monitor, "How are zoo, aquarium animals coping with all this? Not badly, say keepers.," 12 Aug. 2020 In May, the Arizona Department of Transportation found an emu wandering near a highway. Fox News, "Arizona police lasso escaped emu with help of residents, search for owner," 6 Aug. 2020 With luck, that applies to this wandering emu, too. Reach the reporter at Helen.Wieffering@arizonarepublic.com or on Twitter @helenwieffering. Helen Wieffering, The Arizona Republic, "Spotted: Lone emu wandering near a Scottsdale golf course," 4 Aug. 2020 Last year, an emu named Eno spent weeks on the run in North Carolina, even inspiring a Facebook page dedicated to the bird. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Emus Banned From Australian Hotel Pub for ‘Bad Behavior’," 29 July 2020 The emu is one of the closest animals to a dinosaur on the Earth today. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The Good Stuff: An octogenarian stays connected, a diabetic pilot returns to the skies and a baby emu wobbles," 27 June 2020

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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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11 Dec 2020

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“Emu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emu. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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