- 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
1605–15; 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
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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?
We could here gain no intelligence of the Emu, so we again sailed.
- a large Australian flightless bird, Dromaius novaehollandiae, similar to the ostrich but with three-toed feet and grey or brown plumage: order CasuariiformesSee also ratite
C17: changed from Portuguese ema ostrich, from Arabic Na-`amah ostrich
- European Monetary Union
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Word Origin and History for emu
"large Australian bird," 1610s, probably from Portuguese ema "crane, ostrich," of unknown origin.
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