• IPA: /ˈɹætaɪt/

ratite (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to the order Struthioniformes (as opposed to carinate). [from 19th c.]
    Synonyms: ratitate
    • 2000, Errol Fuller, Extinct Birds, Oxford 2000, p. 37:
      Against what was probably the general expectation, it became undeniable that New Zealand was indeed the home of huge ratite birds.

ratite (plural ratites)

  1. 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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