- resembling or related to the ostriches or other ratite birds.
Origin of struthious
1765–75; < Late Latin strūthi(ō) ostrich (< Late Greek strouthíōn, derivative of Greek strouthós sparrow, bird; compare strouthòs ho mégas ostrich, literally, the big bird) + -ous
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Examples from the Web for struthious
To this type of struthious, or running bird, the name Dromornis has been given.Extinct Monsters
H. N. Hutchinson
Notwithstanding their relatively large size, struthious birds do not reach great ages.
But besides this general evidence we have direct proof that the struthious birds had a wider range in past times than now.Island Life
Alfred Russel Wallace
The 1st is the Struthious, or Ostrich order, or those which never rise from the earth.
It must have been that of the struthious birds or that of the carinate birds, or something different from both.On the Genesis of Species
St. George Mivart
- (of birds) related to or resembling the ostrich
- of, relating to, or designating all flightless (ratite) birds
C18: from Late Latin strūthiō, from Greek strouthiōn, from strouthos an ostrich
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Word Origin and History for struthious
"of the ostrich," 1773, from Latin struthio "ostrich," from Greek strouthion (see ostrich).
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