Main definitions of emu in English

: emu1emu2EMU3

emu1

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noun

  • A large flightless fast-running Australian bird resembling the ostrich, with shaggy gray or brown plumage, bare blue skin on the head and neck, and three-toed feet.

    Dromaius novaehollandiae, the only member of the family Dromaiidae

    ‘Ostriches, emus, cassowaries, rheas, kiwis, moas and elephant birds really are more closely related to each other than they are to any other birds.’
    • ‘Living relatives of moa include the emus, ostrich, and kiwi, which are members of a bird group called ratites.’
    • ‘Ostriches and emus are primitive birds that have more in common with dinosaurs than more advanced birds like robins, Schweitzer said.’
    • ‘However, the really close resemblance is between ostrich and emu.’
    • ‘And the chicks follow the father emu across the highway.’

Pronunciation

emu

/ˈēm(y)o͞o/ /ˈim(j)u/

Origin

Early 17th century from Portuguese ema. The word originally denoted the cassowary, later the greater rhea; current usage dates from the early 19th century.

Main definitions of emu in English

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emu2

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abbreviation

British
  • 1Electric multiple unit.

  • 2Electromagnetic unit(s).

Pronunciation

emu

/ˈēm(y)o͞o/ /ˈim(j)u/

Main definitions of EMU in English

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EMU3

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abbreviation

  • Economic and Monetary Union (or European Monetary Union).

Pronunciation

EMU

/ˌē ˌem ˈyo͞o/ /ˌi ˌɛm ˈju/ /ˈēm(y)o͞o/ /ˈim(j)u/

noun

British
  • An electric multiple unit (train).

Pronunciation

EMU

/ˌē ˌem ˈyo͞o/ /ˌi ˌɛm ˈju/ /ˈēm(y)o͞o/ /ˈim(j)u/