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[kas-uh-wer-ee] /ˈkæs əˌwɛr i/
noun, plural cassowaries.
any of several large flightless, ratite birds of the genus Casuarius, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, characterized by a bony casque on the front of the head.
Origin of cassowary
Central Moluccan
1605-15; by uncertain mediation < Central Moluccan kasuwari, kasuwali Unabridged
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noun (pl) -waries
any large flightless bird of the genus Casuarius, inhabiting forests in NE Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, having a horny head crest, black plumage, and brightly coloured neck and wattles: order Casuariiformes See also ratite
Word Origin
C17: from Malay kěsuari
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Word Origin and History for cassowary

1610s, via French or Dutch, from Malay kasuari.

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