ratite

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noun rat·ite \ˈra-ˌtīt\

Definition of ratite

  1. :  a bird with a flat breastbone; especially :  any of various mostly flightless birds (such as an ostrich, rhea, emu, moa, or kiwi) with small or rudimentary wings and no keel on the sternum that are probably of polyphyletic origin and are assigned to a number of different orders

ratite

adjective

Origin and Etymology of ratite

ultimately from Latin ratitus marked with the figure of a raft, from ratis raft

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