from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large, swift-running flightless bird (Struthio camelus) of Africa, characterized by a long bare neck, small head, and two-toed feet. It is the largest living bird.
- n. A rhea.
- n. One who tries to avoid disagreeable situations by refusing to face them.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large flightless bird (Struthio camelus) native to Africa.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large bird of the genus Struthio, of which Struthio camelus of Africa is the best known species. It has long and very strong legs, adapted for rapid running; only two toes; a long neck, nearly bare of feathers; and short wings incapable of flight. The adult male is about eight feet high.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very large ratite bird of the genus Struthio.
- n. Four species of ostriches are now recognized, the name Struthis camelus being restricted to the northern species that ranges into Arabia. S. molybdophanes is from Somaliland, and S. meridionalis or masaicus from Central Africa. The southern species, S. australis, is the one that has been partially domesticated and is kept in ostrich-farms for the sake of its feathers. The eggs of these species differ quite as much as do the birds themselves, that of S. camelus being quite smooth while the others are more or less deeply pitted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fast-running African flightless bird with two-toed feet; largest living bird
- n. 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)
Middle English, from Old French ostrusce, ostrice and Medieval Latin ostrica, both from Vulgar Latin *avis strūthiō : Latin avis, bird; + Late Latin strūthiō, ostrich; see struthious.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman ostrige and Old French ostruce, from Latin avis ("bird") + strūthiō ("ostrich"). (Wiktionary)