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flightless

[ flahyt-lis ]
/ ˈflaɪt lɪs /
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adjective

incapable of flying: flightless birds such as the moa, rhea, and dodo.

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Origin of flightless

First recorded in 1870–75; flight1 + -less
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British Dictionary definitions for flightless

flightless

/ (ˈflaɪtlɪs) /

adjective

(of certain birds and insects) unable to flySee also ratite
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for flightless

flightless


adj.

1875, from flight (n.1) + -less.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper