ETYM Cf. Portu. ema ostrich, French émou, émeu, emu.
Abbreviation for economic and monetary union, the proposed European Union policy for a single currency and common economic policies. In June 1994 EU finance ministers agreed to postpone the lauch of EMU until 1999, after it emerged that most countries would be unable to meet the economic criteria outlined in the Maastricht Treaty by 1997.
Large Australian flightless bird similar to the ostrich but smaller; SYN. Dromaius novaehollandiae, Emu novaehollandiae.
Flightless bird Dromaius novaehollandiae native to Australia. It stands about 1.8 m/6 ft high and has coarse brown plumage, small rudimentary wings, short feathers on the head and neck, and powerful legs, well adapted for running and kicking.
The female has a curious bag or pouch in the windpipe that enables her to emit the characteristic loud booming note.
In Western Australia emus are farmed for their meat, skins, feathers, and oil.