ratite

/ˈratʌɪt/
adjective
Ornithology
(of a bird) having a flat breastbone without a keel, and so unable to fly.
Contrasted with carinate
noun
Ornithology
Any of the mostly large, flightless birds with a ratite breastbone, i.e. the ostrich, rhea, emu, cassowary, and kiwi, together with the extinct moa and elephant bird.

Origin
Late 19th century: from Latin ratis ‘raft’ + -ite.

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I don’t want to meet a ratite
In the darkest middle of the night.
There is no doubt I might
Just scream aloud in fright.

Really, everything’s all right
There’s not a rat in sight
Though, from the name, I might
Confuse the animal, but not on sight.

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