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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

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(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
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His head, on the whole of which the hair had been permitted to grow, the pursuits of war having so long been abandoned, was encircled by a sort of plated diadem, which, in its turn, bore lesser and more glittering ornaments, that sparkled amid the glossy hues of three drooping ostrich feathers, dyed a deep black, in touching contrast to the color of his snow-white locks.
In proof of the authenticity of this legendary renown, Hepzibah could have exhibited the shell of a great egg, which an ostrich need hardly have been ashamed of.
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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.
All right," said Marija, reaching for her hat, which was big enough to be a drum major's, and full of ostrich feathers.
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.
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The little narrow, crooked town of Dover hid itself away from the beach, and ran its head into the chalk cliffs, like a marine ostrich.
The feather of an ostrich, fastened in her turban by an agraffe set with brilliants, was another distinction of the beautiful Jewess, scoffed and sneered at by the proud dames who sat above her, but secretly envied by those who affected to deride them.
He carried no arms whatever, nothing but a rosary of beads bigger than fair-sized filberts, each tenth bead being like a moderate ostrich egg; his bearing, his gait, his dignity and imposing presence held me spellbound and wondering.
His hat bore a long curling ostrich plume of pure white and he doffed it graciously in answer to the shouts of the people.
And I the Duc de Beaufort by his white plume of ostrich feathers.