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ostrich

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noun os·trich \ˈäs-trich, ˈȯs- also -trij\

Simple Definition of ostrich

  • : a very large African bird that runs very fast but cannot fly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ostrich

  1. 1 a :  a swift-footed 2-toed flightless ratite bird (Struthio camelus) of Africa that is the largest of existing birds and often weighs 300 pounds (140 kilograms) b :  rhea c :  leather made from ostrich skin

  2. 2 [from the belief that the ostrich when pursued hides its head in the sand and believes itself to be unseen] :  one who attempts to avoid danger or difficulty by refusing to face it

ostrichlike

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Origin and Etymology of ostrich

Middle English, from Anglo-French ostriz, ostrige, from Vulgar Latin *avis struthio, from Latin avis bird + Late Latin struthio ostrich — more at struthious


First Known Use: 13th century


OSTRICH Defined for Kids

ostrich

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noun os·trich \ˈä-strich\

Definition of ostrich for Students

  1. :  a very large bird of Africa that often weighs as much as 300 pounds (140 kilograms) and runs very fast but cannot fly





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