[ kas-uh-wer-ee ]
/ ˈkæs əˌwɛr i /

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.

Origin of cassowary

1605–15; by uncertain mediation < Central Moluccan kasuwari, kasuwali Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cassowary

/ (ˈkæsəˌwɛərɪ) /

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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