Emu vs Dromaeognathous - What's the difference?

emu | dromaeognathous |

As a noun emu

is emu.

As an adjective dromaeognathous is

(ornithology) possessing a palatal structure akin to the emu and the other (now extinct) species of the genus dromaius .



Alternative forms

* emeu (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A large flightless bird native to Australia, Dromaius novaehollandiae .
  • Abbreviation

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  • electromagnetic unit.
  • * 1943 , Henry Augustus Perkins, College Physics , p. 530:
  • A bar magnet NS has poles of strength 144 emu , 5 cm apart.
  • * 1959 , American Geological Institute, Geoscience Abstracts , p. 38:
  • The average intensity is 80 X 10"5 emu /cm3.
  • * 1974 , William Berkson, Fields of Force: The Development of a World View from Faraday to Einstein , p. 168:
  • The amount of charge named by one emu is that which produces a unit magnetic effect when flowing in a current at one unit length per second.
  • * 1976 , John Aloysius O'Keefe, Tektites and Their Origin , p. 109:
  • Booker and Harrison (1966) set an upper limit of 10~7 emu /g.
  • * 2005 , Peter Mohn, Magnetism in the Solid State: An Introduction , p. 39:
  • Experimentally the magnetic moment is usually given in units of emu'/g, '''emu'''/cm3 or ' emu /mole.
  • (computing, video games, informal) emulator
  • * 2005', "Dane L. Galden at at", ''Could this be used for classic '''emus on GBA?'' (on newsgroup ''rec.games.video.classic )
  • Saw this article for playing downloadable games on GBA. It's an official Nintendo product in Japan, and thought it might be useful for Nintendo to release actual emus and some of their older game properties (beyond the $20 classic series).


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    Alternative forms



  • (ornithology) Possessing a palatal structure akin to the emu and the other (now extinct) species of the genus Dromaius .
  • * 1895 : Eugene William Oates and William Thomas Blanford, Birds , volume 3, page v (Taylor and Francis)
  • The fourth principal type, the dromæognathous , is not found in any Indian birds.
  • * 1921 : William Aitcheson Haswell, A Text-book of Zoology , volume 2, page 431 (3rd Ed.; Macmillan)
  • From the fact that the dromæognathous skull is more reptilian than any other type, it would seem that the Ratitæ diverged early from the carinate stock.
  • * 1937 : Zoological Society of London, Proceedings , volume 107, part 2, page 225
  • It is well known that the membrane bones of the ostrich palate have a dromæognathous arrangement which is closer to the lacertilian plan than to the characteristic bird type where palatines and pterygoids slide upon a central rostrum.
  • * 1938 : Harry Forbes Witherby, Francis Charles Robert Jourdain, Norman Frederic Ticehurst, and Bernard William Tucker, The Handbook of British Birds , volume 1, page xxvi (7th Ed.; H. F. & G. Witherby)
  • Ægithognathous.—One of the four types of palatal structure distinguished by Huxley. The Dromæognathous type, with large vomer,¹ found in Ratites (Ostrich-like birds) is sharply defined from the others (in which the vomer is more or less reduced), but the latter are by no means so clearly separated from one another, and are connected to a great extent by intermediate conditions.

    Derived terms

    * dromaeognathism