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[stroo-thee-uh s]
  1. resembling or related to the ostriches or other ratite birds.
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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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Historical Examples of 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

British Dictionary definitions for struthious


  1. (of birds) related to or resembling the ostrich
  2. of, relating to, or designating all flightless (ratite) birds
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Word Origin for struthious

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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