ETYM Malay kasuâri. Large black flightless bird of Australia and New Guinea having a horny head crest.
Emulike bird of Australasia. cassowary tree, casuarina.
Large flightless bird, genus Casuarius, found in New Guinea and N Australia, usually in forests. Related to the emu, the cassowary has a bare head with a horny casque, or helmet, on top, and brightly colored skin on the neck. Its loose plumage is black and its wings tiny, but it can run and leap well and defends itself by kicking. Cassowaries stand up to 1.5 m/5 ft tall.