Definition of Ratite bird
1. Noun. Flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds.
Generic synonyms: Bird
Specialized synonyms: Ostrich, Struthio Camelus, Cassowary, Dromaius Novaehollandiae, Emu, Emu Novaehollandiae, Apteryx, Kiwi, Rhea, Rhea Americana, Nandu, Pterocnemia Pennata, Rhea, Aepyornis, Elephant Bird, Moa
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Literary usage of Ratite bird
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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"In South America another large ratite bird, the rhea, is called ostrich; it can be distinguished at once from the true ostrich by its possession of three ..."
2. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1906)
"... M.-Edu. and Grand ; with a note on the occurrence of a ratite bird in the Upper Eocene beds of the ..."
3. A Manual of Palaeontology for the Use of Students with a General by Henry Alleyne Nicholson, Richard Lydekker (1889)
"... and regarded by him ning to a ratite bird. And it may be also mentioned that rfect limb-bone from these deposits, which has been named »IM, ..."
4. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"A ratite bird of Australia, closely allied to the cassowary, but larger, sometimes weighing about 130 pounds, and next to the ostrich in size. ..."