- 1A flightless swift-running African bird with a long neck, long legs, and two toes on each foot. It is the largest living bird, with males reaching an average height of 8 feet (2.5 m).
More example sentences
- 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.
- 2A person who refuses to face reality or accept facts.[from the popular belief that ostriches bury their heads in the sand if pursued]More example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French ostriche, from Latin avis 'bird' + late Latin struthio (from Greek strouthiōn 'ostrich', from strouthos 'sparrow or ostrich').
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