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[flahyt-lis] /ˈflaɪt lɪs/
incapable of flying:
flightless birds such as the moa, rhea, and dodo.
1870-75; flight1 + -less Unabridged
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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


(of certain birds and insects) unable to fly See also ratite
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flightless

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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