2. [syn: ostrich, Struthio camelus]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
ostrich \os"trich\ ([o^]s"trich), n. [OE. ostriche, ostrice, OF.
ostruche, ostruce, F. autruche, L. avis struthio; avis bird +
struthio ostrich, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? bird, sparrow. Cf.
Aviary, Struthious.] [Formerly written also estrich.]
A large bird of the genus Struthio, of which Struthio
camelus of Africa is the best known species. It has long and
very strong legs, adapted for rapid running; only two toes; a
long neck, nearly bare of feathers; and short wings incapable
of flight. The adult male is about eight feet high.
Note: The South African ostrich (Struthio australis) and
the Asiatic ostrich are considered distinct species by
some authors. Ostriches are now domesticated in South
Africa in large numbers for the sake of their plumes.
The body of the male is covered with elegant black
plumose feathers, while the wings and tail furnish the
most valuable white plumes.
Ostrich farm, a farm on which ostriches are bred for the
sake of their feathers, oil, eggs, etc.
Ostrich farming, the occupation of breeding ostriches for
the sake of their feathers, etc.
Ostrich fern (Bot.) a kind of fern (Onoclea
Struthiopteris), the tall fronds of which grow in a
circle from the rootstock. It is found in alluvial soil in
Europe and North America.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a person who refuses to face reality or recognize the truth
(a reference to the popular notion that the ostrich hides
from danger by burying its head in the sand)
2: fast-running African flightless bird with two-toed feet;
largest living bird [syn: ostrich, Struthio camelus]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(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 .)
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
OSTRICH, n. A large bird to which (for its sins, doubtless) nature
has denied that hinder toe in which so many pious naturalists have
seen a conspicuous evidence of design. The absence of a good working
pair of wings is no defect, for, as has been ingeniously pointed out,
the ostrich does not fly.