cassowary

cassowary

[kas-uh-wer-ee]
noun, plural cassowaries.
any of several large flightless, ratite birds of the genus Casuarius, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, characterized by a bony casque on the front of the head.

Origin:
1605–15; by uncertain mediation < Central Moluccan kasuwari, kasuwali

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cassowary (ˈkæsəˌwɛərɪ)
 
n , pl -waries
See also ratite any large flightless bird of the genus Casuarius, inhabiting forests in NE Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, having a horny head crest, black plumage, and brightly coloured neck and wattles: order Casuariiformes
 
[C17: from Malay kěsuari]

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cassowary
1611, from Fr. or Du., from Malay kasuari.
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