Definition of cassowary in English:

cassowary

Line breaks: cas¦so|wary
Pronunciation: /ˈkasəwəri
 
, -wɛːri/

noun (plural cassowaries)

  • A very large flightless bird related to the emu, with a bare head and neck, a tall horny crest, and one or two coloured wattles. It is native mainly to the forests of New Guinea.
    • Family Casuariidae and genus Casuarius: three species
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    • Ostriches, emus, cassowaries, rheas, kiwis, moas and elephant birds really are more closely related to each other than they are to any other birds.
    • Similar in appearance to ornamental features seen in birds like cassowaries and hornbills, the crest may have been used for display, the study team suggests.
    • They're actually related to geese and ducks, the group anseriformes, whereas the moas, emus, cassowaries, ostriches and so on belong to a group called the ratites and they actually have small heads compared to their bodies.

Origin

early 17th century: from Malay kesuari.

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