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os·trich

 (ŏs′trĭch, ôs′-)
n. pl. ostrich or os·trich·es
1.
a. Either of two large, swift-running flightless birds (Struthio camelus or S. molybdophanes) of Africa, characterized by a long bare neck, small head, and two-toed feet. Ostriches are the largest living birds.
b. A rhea.
2. One who tries to avoid disagreeable situations by refusing to face them.

[Middle English, from Old French ostrusce, ostrice and Medieval Latin ostrica, both from Vulgar Latin *avis strūthiō : Latin avis, bird; see awi- in Indo-European roots + Late Latin strūthiō, ostrich; see struthious.]

ostrich

(ˈɒstrɪtʃ)
n, pl -triches or -trich
1. (Animals) a fast-running flightless African bird, Struthio camelus, that is the largest living bird, with stout two-toed feet and dark feathers, except on the naked head, neck, and legs: order Struthioniformes. See ratite
2. (Animals) American ostrich another name for rhea
3. a person who refuses to recognize the truth, reality, etc: a reference to the ostrich's supposed habit of burying its head in the sand
[C13: from Old French ostrice, from Latin avis bird + Late Latin struthio ostrich, from Greek strouthion]

os•trich

art at otoplasty
(ˈɔ strɪtʃ, ˈɒs trɪtʃ)

n.
1. a two-toed, swift-footed, flightless bird, Struthio camelus, orig. of Africa and SW Asia: the largest of living birds.
2. a person who attempts to ignore unpleasant facts or situations.
[1175–1225; Middle English ostrice, ostriche < Old French ostrusce (compare French autruche) < Vulgar Latin *avistrūthius, for Latin avis bird + Late Latin strūthiō < Late Greek strouthíōn]

os·trich

(ŏs′trĭch)
A very large African bird having a small head, a long neck, and long, strong legs. Ostriches cannot fly but can run very fast, and are the largest living species of bird.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ostrich - a person who refuses to face reality or recognize the truth (a reference to the popular notion that the ostrich hides from danger by burying its head in the sand)ostrich - a person who refuses to face reality or recognize the truth (a reference to the popular notion that the ostrich hides from danger by burying its head in the sand)
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.ostrich - fast-running African flightless bird with two-toed feetostrich - fast-running African flightless bird with two-toed feet; largest living bird
flightless bird, ratite, ratite bird - flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
genus Struthio, Struthio - type genus of the Struthionidae: African ostriches

ostrich

noun
Related words
adjective struthious
Translations
نَعَامَةٌنَعامَه، ظَليم
щраус
pštros
struds
strutsi
noj
strucc
burung unta
strútur
ダチョウ
타조
strutis
strauss
struţ
pštros
noj
struts
mbuni
นกกระจอกเทศ
страус
đà điểu

ostrich

[ˈɒstrɪtʃ] N (ostriches or ostrich (pl)) → avestruz m

ostrich

[ˈɒstrɪtʃ] nautruche f ostrich eggostrich egg nœuf m d'autruche

ostrich

nStrauß m; ostrich policyVogel-Strauß-Politik f

ostrich

[ˈɒstrɪtʃ] nstruzzo

ostrich

(ˈostritʃ) noun
a type of large bird which cannot fly.

ostrich

نَعَامَةٌ pštros struds Strauß στρουθοκάμηλος avestruz strutsi autruche noj struzzo ダチョウ 타조 struisvogel struts struś avestruz страус struts นกกระจอกเทศ devekuşu đà điểu 鸵鸟
References in classic literature ?
Well, I have often caught and carried away an ostrich in my talons.
A YOUNG Ostrich came to its Mother, groaning with pain and with its wings tightly crossed upon its stomach.
Instincts comparable with habits, but different in their origin -- Instincts graduated -- Aphides and ants -- Instincts variable -- Domestic instincts, their origin -- Natural instincts of the cuckoo, ostrich, and parasitic bees -- Slave-making ants -- Hive-bee, its cell-making instinct - - Difficulties on the theory of the Natural Selection of instincts -- Neuter or sterile insects -- Summary.
One wintry, blustering, dark night in July, as I stood sleepily out of the rain under the break of the poop something resembling an ostrich dashed up the gangway.
Among the recruits who had enlisted he distributed feathers and ostrich plumes.
He bolts down all events, all creeds, and beliefs, and persuasions, all hard things visible and invisible, never mind how knobby; as an ostrich of potent digestion gobbles down bullets and gun flints.
When he felt he was being looked at he behaved like an ostrich which hides its head in a bush in order not to be seen: he hung his head and quickening his pace went down the street.
The ostrich runneth faster than the fastest horse, but it also thrusteth its head heavily into the heavy earth: thus is it with the man who cannot yet fly.
Selfridge Merry would be there with the same towering ostrich feathers in her bonnet, and Mrs.
the Three Witches), Calf of the Black Cow, Elephant whose tread shakes the earth, Terror of the evil-doer, Ostrich whose feet devour the desert, huge One, black One, wise One, king from generation to generation
I never see such an old ostrich for wanting to gobble every- thing -- and I a-trusting you all the time, like you was my own father.
She wore a pale-blue, pansy-sprinkled muslin dress with more ruffles than one would ever have supposed economical Janet could be guilty of, and a white leghorn hat with pink roses and three ostrich feathers on it.