Definitions for cassowaryˈkæs əˌwɛr i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
cas•so•war•yˈkæs əˌwɛr i(n.)(pl.)-war•ies.
any of several large flightless birds of the family Casuariidae, of New Guinea, N Australia, and adjacent islands, having a bare neck and head topped by a bony casque.
Origin of cassowary:
1605–15; 蠐 Central Moluccan kasuwari, kasuwali
large black flightless bird of Australia and New Guinea having a horny head crest
A large flightless bird of the genus Casuarius, native to Australia and New Guinea, with a characteristic bony crest on its head, and can be very dangerous.
Origin: From kĕsuari, name of the same bird.
a large bird, of the genus Casuarius, found in the east Indies. It is smaller and stouter than the ostrich. Its head is armed with a kind of helmet of horny substance, consisting of plates overlapping each other, and it has a group of long sharp spines on each wing which are used as defensive organs. It is a shy bird, and runs with great rapidity. Other species inhabit New Guinea, Australia, etc