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

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

Full Definition of OSTRICH

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
[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
os·trich·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin 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

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl
OSTRICH Defined for Kids


noun os·trich \ˈä-strich\

Definition of OSTRICH for Kids

:  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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