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ratite

[rat-ahyt] /ˈræt aɪt/
adjective
1.
having a flat, unkeeled sternum, as an ostrich, cassowary, emu, or moa.
noun
2.
a bird having a ratite breastbone.
Origin of ratite
1875-1880
1875-80; < Latin rat(is) raft + -ite2
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ratite

/ˈrætaɪt/
adjective
1.
(of flightless birds) having a breastbone that lacks a keel for the attachment of flight muscles
2.
of or denoting the flightless birds, formerly classified as a group (the Ratitae), that have a flat breastbone, feathers lacking vanes, and reduced wings
noun
3.
a bird, such as an ostrich, kiwi, or rhea, that belongs to this group; a flightless bird
Word Origin
C19: from Latin ratis raft
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