noun, plural cas·so·war·ies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. cassock,
  2. cassolette,
  3. casson,
  4. cassone,
  5. cassoulet,
  6. casspir,
  7. cast,
  8. cast about,
  9. cast adrift,
  10. cast away

Origin of cassowary

1605–15; by uncertain mediation < Central Moluccan kasuwari, kasuwali Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cassowary


noun plural -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 CasuariiformesSee also ratite

Word Origin for cassowary

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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