from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Incapable of flying. Used of certain birds, such as the penguin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Unable to fly. Usually used with birds such as the penguin, ostrich, and emu.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Incapable of flying.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. incapable of flying
UPDATE: SO, I am told by doctor that I have, in all likelihood, a post-viral infection, brought on and perpetuated by being consistently run aground by the Great Yellow Budgerigar, which, although flightless, is a fast-moving and demanding creature.
Even the flying spaghetti monster on Futurama: "You seriously believe I'm descended from some kind of flightless manicotti?"
This neatly solves the age-old problem of how "flightless" birds could have reached the different continents: they were not flightless at all, and simply flew.
Meanwhile, much ado is building up over Etopen, Nodoka's cute, fat penguin mascot who was snatched from her while she napped and is now doing the rounds passing from hand to hand in some kind of flightless bird equivalent of pass the parcel.
"flightless" nodes, and perhaps also to images of prototypical kiwis.
Link the small flightless birds that you failed to protect
We've picked three videos of our favourite flightless birds for you, so enjoy!
The theory goes that the birds evolved to become flightless due to a lack of predators where they lived.
Researchers unearthed remains of a nearly 5-foot-tall penguin that roamed what is now Peru about 36 million years ago, and they also discovered fossilized feathers that show back then, the flightless bird was a more motley mix of reddish-brown and gray.
The answer, in fact, had to do with the flightless, nocturnal bird, the kiwi!