HyperDic: flightless_bird

English > 1 sense of the expression flightless bird:
NOUNanimalflightless bird, ratite, ratite birdflightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment / attachment of flight muscles
English > flightless bird: 1 sense > noun 1, animal
MeaningFlightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment / attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas / rheas; kiwis; elephant birds.
Synonymsratite, ratite bird
Narrowercassowarylarge black flightless bird of Australia and New Guinea having a horny head crest
elephant bird, aepyornishuge (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird of Madagascar / Madagascar
emu, Dromaius novaehollandiae, Emu novaehollandiaelarge Australian flightless bird similar to the ostrich but smaller
kiwi, apteryxnocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs
moaExtinct flightless bird of New Zealand
ostrich, Struthio camelusfast-running African flightless bird with two-toed feet
rhea, Rhea americanalarger of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toed
rhea, nandu, Pterocnemia pennatasmaller of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toed
Broaderbirdwarm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
Oppositecarinate, carinate bird, flying birdbirds having keeled breastbones for attachment / attachment of flight muscles
Spanishratitae
Catalanestrutioniforme

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