Definitions for ostrichˈɔ strɪtʃ, ˈɒs trɪtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

os•trichˈɔ 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.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. a person who attempts to ignore unpleasant facts or situations.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of ostrich:

1175–1225; ME ostrice, ostriche < OF ostrusce (cf. F autruche) < VL *avistrūthius, for L avis bird + LL strūthiō < LGk strouthíōn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ostrich(noun)

    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)

  2. ostrich, Struthio camelus(noun)

    fast-running African flightless bird with two-toed feet; largest living bird

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ostrich(noun)ˈɔ strɪtʃ, ˈɒs trɪtʃ

    a very large bird with a long neck and legs, that cannot fly

    beautiful ostrich feathers


  1. ostrich(Noun)

    A large flightless bird (Struthio camelus) native to Africa.

  2. Origin: From ostrige and ostruce, from avis + struthio.


  1. Ostrich

    The Ostrich or Common Ostrich is either one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. Some analyses indicate that the Somali Ostrich may be better considered a full species separate from the Common Ostrich, but most taxonomists consider it to be a subspecies. The ostrich shares the order Struthioniformes with the kiwis, emus, rheas, and cassowaries. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs, and can run at up to about 70 km/h, the fastest land speed of any bird. The ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest eggs of any living bird. The ostrich's diet consists mainly of plant matter, though it also eats invertebrates. It lives in nomadic groups of 5 to 50 birds. When threatened, the ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or run away. If cornered, it can attack with a kick of its powerful legs. Mating patterns differ by geographical region, but territorial males fight for a harem of two to seven females.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The largest and heaviest bird on earth, yet rated by his owners only as a featherweight.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of large bird which cannot fly.

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