What does ostrich mean?

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ˈɔ strɪtʃ, ˈɒs trɪtʃos·trich

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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


  1. ostrich(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ostrich

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. ostrich

    A type of bird.

    Ostrich are a popular bird and there are some ostrich farms in some countries of the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 10, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ostrich in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ostrich in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ostrich in a Sentence

  1. David Goldthorpe:

    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.

  2. Akhenaten:

    As the ostrich when pursued hideth his head, but forgetteth his body; so the fears of a coward expose him to danger.

  3. Dr Shipton:

    You start to see things like decorated bones, beads made from marine shell or ostrich eggs, miniaturzied stone tools, and bones carved into things like arrow points. This is the oldest date we have for when this behavior is first observed, previous sites relating to this early period of modern humanbehaviorr have all been in South Africa and the East African Rift Valley, this is the first site on the coast of East Africa and the first with such a continuous record.

  4. David Makovsky:

    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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    based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice
    • A. unsealed
    • B. arbitrary
    • C. elusive
    • D. indiscernible

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