adj. & n.
—adj. (of a bird) having a keelless breastbone, and unable to fly (opp. CARINATE).
—n. a flightless bird, e.g. an ostrich, emu, cassowary, etc.
Etymology: L ratis raft

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  • ratite — rat•ite [[t]ˈræt aɪt[/t]] adj. 1) orn having a flat, unkeeled sternum, as an ostrich, cassowary, emu, or moa 2) orn a bird having a ratite sternum • Etymology: 1875–80; < L rat(is) raft + ite II …   From formal English to slang

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