[stroo-thee-uh s]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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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