os·trich (ŏstrĭch, ôs-)
n. pl. ostrich or os·trich·es
a. Either of two large, swift-running flightless birds (Struthio camelus or S. molybdophanes) of Africa, characterized by a long bare neck, small head, and two-toed feet. Ostriches are the largest living birds.
b. A rhea.
2. One who tries to avoid disagreeable situations by refusing to face them.
[Middle English, from Old French ostrusce, ostrice and Medieval Latin ostrica, both from Vulgar Latin *avis strūthiō : Latin avis, bird; see awi- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Late Latin strūthiō, ostrich; see STRUTHIOUS.]
(click for a larger image)ostrich
male ostrich, Struthio camelus,
guarding a nest
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