emu, Dromaius novaehollandiae, Emu novaehollandiae

(noun) large Australian flightless bird similar to the ostrich but smaller

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


emu (plural emus)

(obsolete) A cassowary (genus Casuarius). [from early 17th c.]

A large flightless bird native to Australia, Dromaius novaehollandiae. [from 18th c.]

Usage notes

A flock of emus is generally called a mob.


• (Dromaius novaehollandiae): Kangaroo Island emu (†Dromaius novaehollandiae baudinianus), King Island emu (†Dromaius novaehollandiae minor), Tasmanian emu (†Dromaius novaehollandiae diemenensis) – extinct subspecies

Etymology 2


emu (plural emu)

(physics) Initialism of electromagnetic unit.

Synonym: EMU

Etymology 3


emu (plural emus)

(computing, video games, informal) Clipping of emulator.


• MEU, Ume, meu, mue, ume

Proper noun


Initialism of European Monetary Union.

Initialism of Eastern Mennonite University.



(computing) Initialism of English Metric Units.

(rail transport) Initialism of Electric Multiple Unit.

Initialism of Electromagnetic unit.

(automotive engineering) Initialism of Engine Management Unit.


• MEU, Ume, meu, mue, ume

Source: Wiktionary

E"mu, n. Etym: [Cf. Pg. ema ostrich, F. émou, émeu, emu.] (Zoöl.)

Definition: A large Australian bird, of two species (Dromaius Novæ- Hollandiæ and D. irroratus), related to the cassowary and the ostrich. The emu runs swiftly, but is unable to fly. [Written also emeu and emew.]

Note: The name is sometimes erroneously applied, by the Brazilians, to the rhea, or South American ostrich. Emu wren. See in the Vocabulary.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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