Definitions for cassowaryˈkæs əˌwɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cas•so•war•yˈkæs əˌwɛr i(n.)(pl.)-war•ies.

  1. 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.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of cassowary:

1605–15; 蠐 Central Moluccan kasuwari, kasuwali

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cassowary(noun)

    large black flightless bird of Australia and New Guinea having a horny head crest


  1. cassowary(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: From kĕsuari, name of the same bird.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cassowary(noun)

    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


  1. Cassowary

    The cassowaries are ratites, very large flightless birds, in the genus Casuarius native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and northeastern Australia. There are three extant species recognized today. The most common of these, the Southern Cassowary, is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu. Cassowaries feed mainly on fruit, although all species are truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food including shoots, grass seeds, and fungi in addition to invertebrates and small vertebrates. Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries to dogs and people, although fatalities are extremely rare.


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