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flightless Line breaks: flight|less
Pronunciation: /ˈflʌɪtləs/

Definition of flightless in English:


(Of a bird or an insect) naturally unable to fly: Galapagos has the world’s only flightless cormorant
More example sentences
  • The flightless birds and insects of such islands had clearly lost a highly complex function.
  • The large, flightless moa bird that roamed New Zealand in ancient times grew much more slowly than modern birds, according to a new study of their bones.
  • Whether the flightless birds used their beaks to impale or bludgeon their prey is unknown, Chiappe says.


Example sentences
  • These creatures were plainly flightless, and the nature of their flightlessness requires some special comment.
  • At this time the males molt their feathers and go through a month-long period of flightlessness while their new feathers grow in.
  • The adaptations the dodo made for island living - flightlessness and gigantism - have made understanding its evolutionary history and classifying it based on body characteristics difficult.
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