- ostrich fern,
Origin of ostrich
Examples from the Web for ostrich
I never looked back after I was running, but I threw a rock and think I might have killed an ostrich.
The craziest thing I did was that I had to steal an ostrich egg from an ostrich farm that was close to Mexico.
The bags themselves were covetable items as ever, relying on highest-quality material: ostrich and crocodile.Anya Hindmarch and Stella McCartney Close London Fashion Week|Tom Sykes|September 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Thigh-high leather boots… Gucci ostrich skin leather jackets… Horizontally striped posing briefs… More leather jackets...
Dropping my head low, ostrich style, was more likely to lead to a closer sniff of an armpit than to a clearer view of a work.
Ostrich farming is not only an interesting industry for the Boers, but it is a most lucrative business.The World and Its People: Book VII|Anna B. Badlam
He has the constitution of a rhinoceros, the digestion of an ostrich, and the concentration of an oyster.Little Dorrit|Charles Dickens
The military policy of Kerensky was the policy of an ostrich.Dictatorship vs. Democracy|Leon Trotsky
Here we find the Ostrich, the plantain eaters, the colies and several, other families—nine in all.
She—she who was accustomed to flaunt in a "changeable" silk, and her bonnet had an ostrich plume!The Storm Centre|Charles Egbert Craddock
noun plural -triches or -trich
Word Origin for ostrich
early 13c., from Old French ostruce "ostrich" (Modern French autruche) and Medieval Latin ostrica, ostrigius, all from Vulgar Latin avis struthio, from Latin avis "bird" (see aviary) + Late Latin struthio "ostrich," from Greek strouthion "ostrich," from strouthos megale "big sparrow," perhaps from PIE *trozdo- "thrush" (see thrush (n.1)). 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, recorded in OED]
Ostriches do put their heads in the sand, but ostrich farmers say they do this in search of something to eat.