\ 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 Henry enjoyed all of the farm animals, especially the baby goats and the emu named Mu. Janet Kusterer, baltimoresun.com, 28 May 2021 The emu was found on Baldwin County Road 3 in Fairhope. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 3 Mar. 2021 The zoo is home to about 50 creatures, including horses, llamas, bunnies, ducks, sheep, goats, chickens, roosters, turtles, two giant African sulcata tortoises, a cow and an emu. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2021 There are no tigers, lions, elephants or bears — just humble barnyard animals, along with turtles and a lone emu, many rescued from dire circumstances by the zoo’s owner, Rolando Wolovich. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2021 But on Wednesday in Alabama both a kangaroo and an emu were found. Ike Morgan | Imorgan@al.com, al, 4 Mar. 2021 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, 17 Nov. 2020 Police also fielded numerous calls about the emu, according to Police Director Jerry Speziale. Fox News, 12 Aug. 2020 The emu had a minor scratch on its neck, the source of which was unknown. Fox News, 12 Aug. 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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“Emu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emu. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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