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Definition of "cassowary" []

  • Any of several large flightless birds of the genus Casuarius of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent areas, having a large bony projection on the top of the head and brightly colored wattles. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cassowary" in a sentence
  • "When they plant their taro gardens, they call the cassowary “Truly Big Man” and “Truly Important One” instead."
  • "“For birders, the cassowary is their holy grail,” Mick tells me as we share tea on the veranda overlooking the garden."
  • "A relative of the ostrich, the cassowary is a large flightless bird that eats fruit and is famous for getting hit by traffic and for producing large, dense scats."