Definition of ostrich in English:
- Struthio camelus, the only member of the family Struthionidae
- Both of these bird families had reduced wings and could not fly, and looked something like living ratite birds - ostriches, emus, rheas, and so on.
- He's not just talking about pigeons and sparrows either; kiwis, ostriches, penguins, and rare flightless parrots are just a handful of the exotic avians featured in this series.
- Living relatives of moa include the emus, ostrich, and kiwi, which are members of a bird group called ratites.
- Despite the fervent hopes of many hard-working and well-meaning ostriches, the problem refuses to evaporate.
- And, again, it's an ostrich attitude not to accept that and act accordingly, in my opinion.
- Instead of behaving like ostriches, we should recognise the ground reality and legalise this profession.
The first part of this word comes from Latin avis ‘bird’, but the second part goes back to the Greek name for a very different bird—strouthos ‘sparrow’. The fuller term in ancient Greek was megas strouthos ‘large sparrow’. It was also called strouthokamelos or ‘sparrow camel’, perhaps in recognition of its long neck. There was a traditional belief that hunted ostriches would bury their heads in the sand, thinking that this would hide them from view. From this we get the use of ‘ostrich’ to mean a person who refuses to face reality or accept facts, and also the phrase to bury your head in the sand.
- British & World English dictionary
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