E"mu (?), n. [Cf. Pg. ema ostrich, F. 'emou, 'emeu, emu.] Zool.

A large Australian bird, of two species (Dromaius Novae-Hollandiae and D. irroratus), related to the cassowary and the ostrich. The emu runs swiftly, but is unable to fly.

[Written also emeu and emew.]

⇒ The name is sometimes erroneously applied, by the Brazilians, to the rhea, or South American ostrich.

Emu wren. See in the Vocabulary.


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