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Syllabification: os·trich
Pronunciation: /ˈästriCH

Definition of ostrich in English:


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).
  • Struthio camelus, the only member of the family Struthionidae
Example sentences
  • 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]
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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