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  • adj. Resembling an ostrich or some aspect of one.


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ostrich +‎ -like


  • Wild, ostrichlike rheas called nandus wandered the pastures below our balcony, intermingling with noisy, attitudinous black-and-white southern lapwings, chubby cattle, and polo ponies -- their bubble-level playing fields in the foreground a reminder that this version of Eden has been subtly but forcefully shaped to suit the estancia owners 'preoccupations.

    Off the Beaten Track

  • This downward slide started 2,000 years ago when immigrants from what is now Indonesia wiped out species of pygmy hippos and large, ostrichlike birds.

    The Rape Of Paradise

  • On the South American mainland, Darwin had seen two different yet closely related species of Rhea, those ostrichlike birds, both species occupying the plains of Patagonia.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • On the island of Madagascar, for instance, there once lived an ostrichlike creature that stood ten feet tall, weighed half a ton, and thumped across the landscape on a pair of elephantine legs.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Silence is choosing, ostrichlike, not to know what Arab is doing to fellow Arab, all in the name of a knee-jerk anti-westernism which has turned into a disease….

    Saying the Unsayable

  • The avian clacked its beak back at him and made a gesture with its graceful, ostrichlike neck, its periscope form weaving confidently through the crowd.

    Orphan Star

  • A being at the hack of the crowd, a Quillp in full postmating plumage, craned its thin ostrichlike neck forward and asked in a high, squeaky voice, 'In what summer-month my hatchlings come a-bout will?'

    The Tar-Aiym Krang

  • Flocks of rheas -- ostrichlike birds -- were common in the open country.

    The Black Phantom

  • With the trusting innocence of a drink-sodden old soak, she slid a bulging black bag from inside her dressing gown, then with ostrichlike common sense jerked it back into hiding.


  • The public stomach is ostrichlike, but it can't stand the water-cure.

    The Danger Mark


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