Definitions for ostrichˈɔ strɪtʃ, ˈɒs trɪtʃ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
os•trichˈɔ strɪtʃ, ˈɒs trɪtʃ(n.)
a two-toed, swift-footed, flightless bird, Struthio camelus, orig. of Africa and SW Asia: the largest of living birds.
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
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, Struthio camelus(noun)
fast-running African flightless bird with two-toed feet; largest living bird
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
ostrich(noun)ˈɔ strɪtʃ, ˈɒs trɪtʃ
a very large bird with a long neck and legs, that cannot fly
beautiful ostrich feathers
A large flightless bird (Struthio camelus) native to Africa.
Origin: From ostrige and ostruce, from avis + struthio.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
The largest and heaviest bird on earth, yet rated by his owners only as a featherweight.
Translations for ostrich
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a type of large bird which cannot fly.
- نَعامَه، ظَليمArabic
- avestruzPortuguese (BR)
- der StraußGerman
- شتر مرغFarsi
- burung untaIndonesian
- burung untaMalay
- شتر مرغPersian
- 鴕鳥Chinese (Trad.)
- شتر مرغUrdu
- đà điều châu PhiVietnamese
- 鸵鸟Chinese (Simp.)
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