Word of the Day

Word of the Day: ratite
 
Definition: (adj, noun)
 
1) (of a bird) having a flat breastbone without a keel, and so unable to fly.
 
2) 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.
 
Etymology:
 
late 19th century: from Latin ratis ‘raft’ + -ite1.

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