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flightless

[ flahyt-lis ]

adjective

  1. incapable of flying:

    flightless birds such as the moa, rhea, and dodo.



flightless

/ ˈflaɪtlɪs /

adjective

  1. (of certain birds and insects) unable to fly See also ratite


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Word History and Origins

Origin of flightless1

First recorded in 1870–75; flight 1 + -less
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Example Sentences

Giant flightless birds called mihirungs were the biggest birds to ever stride across what is now Australia.

Strikingly, when Polynesian farmers encountered New Zealand’s abundant flightless birds, they largely abandoned agriculture, creating the Maori moa-hunter culture.

A flightless, juvenal female was obtained by local boys at Pisté on July 21.

The wekas or Maori hens are small, flightless birds, averaging when full grown about two and three-quarter pounds.

The Ratitae differ from Archaeopteryx and the great majority of Carinatae in being flightless.

In several instances I have treated of extinct flightless species under genera including existing species capable of flight.

This appears to have been a very large species, with not very great powers of flight, if not flightless.

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