ostrich

[aw-strich, os-trich]
noun
1.
a large, two-toed, swift-footed flightless bird, Struthio camelus, indigenous to Africa and Arabia, domesticated for its plumage: the largest of living birds.
2.
(not used scientifically) a rhea.
3.
a person who attempts to ignore unpleasant facts or situations.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English ostrice, ostriche < Old French ostrusce (compare French autruche) < Vulgar Latin *avistrūthius, for Latin avis bird + Late Latin strūthiō < Late Greek strouthíōn; see struthious

ostrichlike, adjective
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ostrich (ˈɒstrɪtʃ)
 
n , pl -triches, -trich
1.  See ratite a fast-running flightless African bird, Struthio camelus, that is the largest living bird, with stout two-toed feet and dark feathers, except on the naked head, neck, and legs: order StruthioniformesRelated: struthious
2.  American ostrich another name for rhea
3.  a person who refuses to recognize the truth, reality, etc: a reference to the ostrich's supposed habit of burying its head in the sand
 
Related: struthious
 
[C13: from Old French ostrice, from Latin avis bird + Late Latin struthio ostrich, from Greek strouthion]

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ostrich
early 13c., from O.Fr. ostruce (Fr. autruche), from V.L. avis struthio, from L. avis "bird" (from PIE *awi- "bird") + L.L. struthio "ostrich," from Gk. strouthion "ostrich," from strouthos melage "big sparrow." The Greeks also knew the bird as strouthokamelos "camel-sparrow," for its long neck. Among
its proverbial peculiarities are indiscriminate voracity (especially a habit of swallowing iron and stone to aid digestion), want of regard for its eggs, and a tendency to hide its head in the sand when pursued.
"Like the Austridge, who hiding her little head, supposeth her great body obscured." [1623]
Ostriches do put their heads in the sand, but ostrich farmers say they do this in search of something to eat.
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Ostrich definition


(Lam. 4:3), the rendering of Hebrew pl. enim; so called from its greediness and gluttony. The allusion here is to the habit of the ostrich with reference to its eggs, which is thus described: "The outer layer of eggs is generally so ill covered that they are destroyed in quantities by jackals, wild-cats, etc., and that the natives carry them away, only taking care not to leave the marks of their footsteps, since, when the ostrich comes and finds that her nest is discovered, she crushes the whole brood, and builds a nest elsewhere." In Job 39:13 this word in the Authorized Version is the rendering of a Hebrew word (notsah) which means "feathers," as in the Revised Version. In the same verse the word "peacocks" of the Authorized Version is the rendering of the Hebrew pl. renanim, properly meaning "ostriches," as in the Revised Version. (See OWL ØT0002815 [1].)

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Example sentences
Unlike many other feather products, ostrich feathers are shed painlessly by the
  birds.
Jim's has thousands of imported canned goods, and meats ranging from ostrich to
  boar to rattlesnake.
There is no better place to study ostrich behavior than on the global warming
  and overpopulation blogs.
So, they hired this local ostrich farmer to build down the staircase so they
  could conduct routine excavation of the site.
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