flightless

[flahyt-lis]
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. flight simulator,
  2. flight strip,
  3. flight suit,
  4. flight surgeon,
  5. flight-test,
  6. flightworthy,
  7. flighty,
  8. flim,
  9. flim-flam,
  10. flimflam

Origin of flightless

First recorded in 1870–75; flight1 + -less

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British Dictionary definitions for flightless

flightless

adjective

(of certain birds and insects) unable to flySee also ratite
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Word Origin and History for flightless

flightless

adj.

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

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