Definition of EMU in English:


  • European Monetary Union.

Definition of emu in English:



  • 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.

    • ‘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.