Main definitions of emu in English

: emu1emu2EMU3

emu1

noun

  • 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.

    "Dromaius novaehollandiae", the only member of the family "Dromaiidae"

    • ‘However, the really close resemblance is between ostrich and emu.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the chicks follow the father emu across the highway.’
    • ‘Ostriches and emus are primitive birds that have more in common with dinosaurs than more advanced birds like robins, Schweitzer said.’

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.

Pronunciation

emu

/ˈiːmjuː/

Main definitions of emu in English

: emu1emu2EMU3

emu2

British
  • 1Electric multiple unit.

  • 2Electromagnetic unit(s).

Pronunciation

emu

/ˈiːmjuː/

Main definitions of emu in English

: emu1emu2EMU3

EMU3

  • 1Economic and Monetary Union (or European Monetary Union).

  • 2British Electric multiple unit (train).

Pronunciation

EMU

/iːɛmˈjuː/