ratites defined in 1951 yearratites - ratites;
ratites - Living flightless birds. Compare with: Carinates. Wings reduced in size, without barbules on feathers, or keel on sternum for attachment of wing muscles. E.g. emu, cassowary, kiwi, ostrich, rhea. Term is not now usually used in classification of birds.
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