flightless flightless  /f ˈlaɪt ləs/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) incapable of flying

Usage(s):

  1. Much larger than modern eagles, Haast's eagle would have swooped to prey on flightless birds and possibly even the rare unlucky human.
  2. Richard Wheeler wants to tell you a story about a bird--a fine but flightless bird that lived a long time ago in the North Atlantic.
  3. It was a large flightless sea bird, slightly smaller than a goose and more docile.

News

  1. Commentary: Darwin meets Google

    GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - Coming soon to a computer screen near you: the blue-footed booby, the giant tortoise and the flightless cormorant.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Sheboygan Press

  2. Cassowary Chick Hatched At Virginia Zoo

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia Zoo officials say the birth of a cassowary chick in Norfolk is one of only five such births in U.S. zoos over the past decade.    Cassowaries are flightless birds native to
    on June 26, 2013     Source: WRIC 8 News Richmond

Quotes

  1. Seth said: "In India, all my books have for years been published by Penguin. But I am very happy today to be joining foreign colonies of the Flightless One. They have already made me feel very welcome, and I hope in time to hatch many suitable eggs...
    on Jul 2, 2009 By: Vikram Seth Source: The Bookseller

  2. Mr. Macintyre describes him as "a distinctive figure around Whitehall, his arms flapping when animated, hopping along the pavement like a huge, flightless, myopic bird."
    on May 11, 2010 By: Ben Macintyre Source: New York Times

  3. In his article in The New Yorker on Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schultz, Jonathan Franzen mentions "BC" artist Johnny Hart wringing "hundreds of gags from the friendship between a flightless bird and a long-suffering tortoise."
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Jonathan Franzen Source: Huffington Post (blog)

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