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.
late 19th century: from Latin ratis ‘raft’ + -ite1.