Ratite meaning

rătīt
Relating to or being any of a group of flightless birds having a flat breastbone without the keellike prominence characteristic of most flying birds.
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A ratite bird, such as the ostrich or emu.
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Designating a former group (Ratitae) of large, flightless birds of various orders having a flat breastbone without the keel-like ridge of flying birds.
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Any bird with such a breastbone, as the cassowary, ostrich, or kiwi.
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A bird of the order of Struthioniformes, a diverse group of large running, flightless birds, mostly extinct, but including the cassowary, elephant bird, emu, kiwi, moa, ostrich, rhea and tinamou.
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Origin of ratite

  • From Latin ratītus marked with the figure of a raft (in reference to the lack of the keellike prominence) from ratis raft

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin ratis (“raft") +"Ž -ite.

    From Wiktionary