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emu

[ee-myoo] /ˈi myu/
noun
1.
a large, flightless, ratite bird, Emu (Dromaius) novaehollandiae, of Australia, resembling the ostrich but smaller and having a feathered head and neck and rudimentary wings.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; earlier emeu (in earliest E source emia, eme), ultimately < Portuguese ema, attested in 1541 as a name for the cassowary (further origin obscure); the replacement of -a by -eu, etc., is unexplained

EMU

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  • emu fat was used as bush medicine, and was rubbed on the skin.
  • The swan brewery continues to produce a range of emu branded beers.
  • emu chicks emerging, article with sound clips, photos and videos.
British Dictionary definitions for emu

emu

/ˈiːmjuː/
noun
1.
a large Australian flightless bird, Dromaius novaehollandiae, similar to the ostrich but with three-toed feet and grey or brown plumage: order Casuariiformes See also ratite
Word Origin
C17: changed from Portuguese ema ostrich, from Arabic Na-`amah ostrich

EMU

abbreviation
1.
European Monetary Union
2.
Economic and Monetary Union
3.
See e.m.u.

e.m.u.

abbreviation
1.
electromagnetic unit
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Word Origin and History for emu
n.

"large Australian bird," 1610s, probably from Portuguese ema "crane, ostrich," of unknown origin.

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emu in Science
EMU  
Abbreviation of electromagnetic unit
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Related Abbreviations for emu

emu

electromagnetic unit

EMU

  1. Eastern Mennonite University
  2. Eastern Michigan University
  3. European Monetary Union
  4. extravehicular mobility unit
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