- 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
Examples from the Web for cassowary
Historical Examples of cassowary
In 1796 a mermaid was exhibited in Salem, and in 1800 a cassowary bird.
“The Barton Arms, Cassowary,” he ordered, and they set off at a lively clip.The Madness of May
In the Cassowary the length of the large to the small intestine is 1:6.The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity
George. S. Huntington
But with the cassowary, the emu, or the apteryx matters are very different.Birds in Flight
W. P. Pycraft
Often had the wish to possess one of Cassowary's masterpieces arisen.Tropic Days
E. J. Banfield
- 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
1610s, via French or Dutch, from Malay kasuari.