One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large flightless fast-running Australian bird resembling the ostrich, with shaggy grey or brown plumage, bare blue skin on the head and neck, and three-toed feet.
- ‘Living relatives of moa include the emus, ostrich, and kiwi, which are members of a bird group called ratites.’
- ‘Ostriches, emus, cassowaries, rheas, kiwis, moas and elephant birds really are more closely related to each other than they are to any other birds.’
- ‘Ostriches and emus are primitive birds that have more in common with dinosaurs than more advanced birds like robins, Schweitzer said.’
- ‘And the chicks follow the father emu across the highway.’
- ‘However, the really close resemblance is between ostrich and emu.’
Early 17th century: from Portuguese ema. The word originally denoted the cassowary, later the greater rhea; current usage dates from the early 19th century.
1Electric multiple unit.
1Economic and Monetary Union (or European Monetary Union).
2British Electric multiple unit (train).
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.