living ratites:
emu
cassowary
kiwi
rhea
ostrich
extinct ratites:
moa
aepyornis
ratites are mostly flightless birds, that some scientists believe are the closest living relitives of dinosaurs because of certain features like head crests and skelital structures.

Rat"ite (?), a. Zool.

Of or pertaining to the Ratitae.

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n.

One of the Ratitae.

 

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