From Middle English ostrich, ostriche, ostryche, ostrige, borrowed from Anglo-Norman ostrige and Old French ostruce, from Vulgar Latin *austruthio, from Latin avis (“bird”) + strūthiō (“ostrich”), from Ancient Greek στρουθίων (strouthíōn), or shortened from strūthiocamēlus, from Ancient Greek στρουθιοκάμηλος (strouthiokámēlos), from στρουθός (strouthós, “sparrow”) + κάμηλος (kámēlos, “camel”). Compare Spanish avestruz and Portuguese avestruz.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒs.tɹɪt͡ʃ/, /ˈɒs.tɹɪd͡ʒ/; enPR: ŏs'trĭch, ŏs'trĭj
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɔs.tɹɪt͡ʃ/, /ˈɑs.tɹɪt͡ʃ/, /ˈɔs.tɹɪd͡ʒ/, /ˈɑs.tɹɪd͡ʒ/; enPR: ôs'trĭch, ŏs'trĭch, ôs'trĭj, ŏs'trĭj
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ostrich (plural ostriches)
- (ornithology) A large flightless bird (Struthio camelus) native to Africa.
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 17:
- "But is not this fortunate?" continued she, taking up a superb plume of white ostrich feathers, fastened by a small agraffe, enamelled so as to represent a bunch of violets; "this is just what you wanted for the velvet cap you are to wear at Madame de l'Hôpital's masked ball."
- 2013 July 26, Nick Miroff, “Mexico gets a taste for eating insects […] ”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 7, page 32:
- The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters such as ostrich, wild boar and crocodile.
- (figuratively) One who buries one's head in the sand instead of acknowledging problems.
- (golf) The hypothetical completion of a hole five strokes under par (a quintuple birdie, quadruple eagle, triple albatross, or double condor).
- American ostrich (Rhea americana)
- Arabian ostrich (†Struthio camelus syriacus)
- Asian ostrich (†Struthio asiaticus)
- Barbary ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus)
- black-necked ostrich (Struthio camelus australis)
- blue-necked ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes)
- Cape ostrich (Struthio camelus australis)
- common ostrich (Struthio camelus)
- East African ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus)
- Masai ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus)
- North African ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus)
- ostrich politics
- pink-necked ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus)
- red-necked ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus)
- Somali ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes)
- South African ostrich (Struthio camelus australis)
- southern ostrich (Struthio camelus australis)
- Syrian ostrich (†Struthio camelus syriacus)
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ostrich (plural ostriches)
- ostrich (Struthio camelus)
- (rare) A goblet made of an ostrich egg.
- (rare, heraldry) A heraldic image of an ostrich.