designating a former group (Ratitae) of large, flightless birds of various orders having a flat breastbone without the keel-like ridge of flying birds
Origin of ratitefrom Classical Latin ratitus, marked with the figure of a raft from ratis, raft, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form r?t-, an unverified form r?t-, beam from source rood
any bird with such a breastbone, as the cassowary, ostrich, or kiwi
Relating to or being any of a group of flightless birds having a flat breastbone without the keellike prominence characteristic of most flying birds.
A ratite bird, such as the ostrich or emu.
Origin of ratiteFrom Latin ratītus marked with the figure of a raft ( in reference to the lack of the keellike prominence ) from ratis raft
From Latin ratis (“raft") +"Ž -ite.