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
A large flightless bird (Struthio camelus) native to Africa.
Origin: From ostrige and ostruce, from avis + struthio.
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
os′trich, n. the largest of birds, found in Africa, remarkable for its speed in running, and prized for its feathers.—n. Os′trich-farm, a place where ostriches are bred and reared for their feathers. [O. Fr. ostruche (Fr. autruche)—L. avis-, struthio, ostrich—Gr. strouthiōn, an ostrich, strouthos, a bird.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
The largest and heaviest bird on earth, yet rated by his owners only as a featherweight.
A type of large bird of various species with a long neck and long legs.
Ostrich are a popular bird and there are some ostrich farms in some countries of the world.
The numerical value of Ostrich in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Ostrich in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
As the ostrich when pursued hideth his head, but forgetteth his body; so the fears of a coward expose him to danger.
It's the largest egg from the largest bird that ever existed, it is related to the cassowary and the ostrich which are still with us today.
I think that he extended an olive branch to President Obama and, for the first time, I heard him talk about both sides of the aisle, i think it was a way of Netanyahu pivoting to say ... 'I am not an ostrich putting my head in the sand, but we want to work with the U.S. on implementation.'.
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- estruçCatalan, Valencian
- Strauß, Straußenküken, Straußenbaby, Straußenmännchen, Straußenjunges, StraußenweibchenGerman
- struto, strutido, strutino, virstrutoEsperanto
- strúsfûgelWestern Frisian
- struthScottish Gaelic
- burung untaIndonesian
- ダチョウ, 駝鳥Japanese
- struthio, struthiocamelusLatin
- burung untaMalay
- ostriċ, nagħmaMaltese
- strutsNorwegian Nynorsk
- tsídiitsohNavajo, Navaho
- istrutzu, bistrussu, abistrussuSardinian
- ноj, nojSerbo-Croatian
- mpjheSouthern Sotho
- deve kuşuTurkish
- đà điểuVietnamese
- jistrut, jistrutül, lostit, histrutül, strut, strutül, histrutVolapük
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