Definición de ratite en inglés:

ratite

Saltos de línea: rat¦ite
Pronunciación: /ˈratʌɪt
 
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Ornithology

adjetivo

  • (Of a bird) having a flat breastbone without a keel, and so unable to fly. Contrasted with carinate.
    Más ejemplos en oraciones
    • When the ratite birds first roamed Gondwana, they could walk from any of the places where they later dwelt, to any other.
    • About 30 years ago, Joel Cracraft sketched out the central melodies of ratite evolution.
    • They may well have been native to Africa - just one link in a continuous chain of ratite species that circled Gondwana until it broke up.

sustantivo

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  • Any of the mostly large, flightless birds with a ratite breastbone, i.e. the ostrich, rhea, emu, cassowary, and kiwi, together with the extinct moa and elephant bird.
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    • Other ratites, the elephant bird of Madagascar and the moas of New Zealand, have been extinct for several centuries, probably as a result of human hunting.
    • Moas were ratites, flightless birds considered the sister group of all other birds.
    • Cassowaries are large ratites, and are among the largest birds in the world.

Origen

late 19th century: from Latin ratis 'raft' + -ite1.

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noun
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