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flightless

[flahyt-lis] /ˈflaɪt lɪs/
adjective
1.
incapable of flying:
flightless birds such as the moa, rhea, and dodo.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; flight1 + -less
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  • Everywhere were flightless chicks, some scurrying to hide in hollows, others heading for the sea.
  • Don't forget to snap a few shots of the flightless resident ravens hopping around the grounds.
  • Consider the flightless fluffs of brown otherwise known as herring gull chicks.
  • Any of the birds of the period that were big enough to even consider attacking one were flightless.
  • These large flightless birds are super-dads who have no need for any help from mom.
  • Sightless and flightless, these tiny parasites exist only to be impregnated.
  • Cranky flightless birds and their green porcine enemies are on every screen these days.
  • Instead of cows, giant flightless geese filled that niche.
  • Flying birds are relatively small, although some flightless birds have evolved to big sizes.
  • It's been long thought that the ancestors of ostriches, emus, and other flightless birds that once flew were flightless too.
British Dictionary definitions for flightless

flightless

/ˈflaɪtlɪs/
adjective
1.
(of certain birds and insects) unable to fly See also ratite
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Word Origin and History for flightless
adj.

1875, from flight (n.1) + -less.

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