Ostrich meaning

ŏstrĭch, ôs-
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A large flightless bird (Struthio camelus) native to Africa.
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A swift-running bird (Struthio camelus) of Africa and SW Asia, the only member of its order (Struthioniformes): it is the largest and most powerful of living birds, and has a long neck, very long legs with two toes on each foot, and small, useless wings: the white tail and wing feathers of the male are used in millinery and as trimming.
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A person who tries to avoid difficult or dangerous situations by refusing to confront them.
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One who tries to avoid disagreeable situations by refusing to face them.
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Origin of ostrich

  • Middle English from Old French ostrusce, ostrice Medieval Latin ostrica both from Vulgar Latin avis strūthiō Latin avis bird awi- in Indo-European roots Late Latin strūthiō ostrich struthious

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman ostrige and Old French ostruce, from Latin avis (“bird") + strÅ«thiō (“ostrich").

    From Wiktionary