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emu

[ee-myoo] /ˈi myu/
noun
1.
a large, flightless, ratite bird, Emu (Dromaius) novaehollandiae, of Australia, resembling the ostrich but smaller and having a feathered head and neck and rudimentary wings.
Origin of emu
1605-1615
1605-15; earlier emeu (in earliest E source emia, eme), ultimately < Portuguese ema, attested in 1541 as a name for the cassowary (further origin obscure); the replacement of -a by -eu, etc., is unexplained

EMU

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  • Tommy also shot an emu that came to water, and which we carried to camp.

  • They had collected some of the emu feathers, which were lying all about.

  • Of the thirty species of grallatores the most remarkable is the emu.

  • Can it be the emu engaged with a man-of-war, by any possibility?

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • We could here gain no intelligence of the emu, so we again sailed.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • Indeed she does,” he answered; “but she may not be the emu; and if she is, your friends may not be on board her.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • This we knew would, of course, give the emu a great advantage.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • The emu, seeing them, turned tail, and off it went at a rapid rate.

    Adventures in Australia W.H.G. Kingston
  • “I wonder we did not come across these when we were running after the emu,” I observed.

    Adventures in Australia W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for emu

emu

/ˈiːmjuː/
noun
1.
a large Australian flightless bird, Dromaius novaehollandiae, similar to the ostrich but with three-toed feet and grey or brown plumage: order Casuariiformes See also ratite
Word Origin
C17: changed from Portuguese ema ostrich, from Arabic Na-`amah ostrich

EMU

abbreviation
1.
European Monetary Union
2.
Economic and Monetary Union
3.
See e.m.u.
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Word Origin and History for emu
n.

"large Australian bird," 1610s, probably from Portuguese ema "crane, ostrich," of unknown origin.

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emu in Science
EMU  
Abbreviation of electromagnetic unit
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