Definition of ostrich noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒstrɪtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːstrɪtʃ//
    , NAmE//ˈɔːstrɪtʃ//
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  1. 1 a very large African bird with a long neck and long legs, that cannot fly but can run very fast See related entries: Birds
  2. 2(informal) a person who prefers to ignore problems rather than try and deal with them
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French ostriche, from Latin avis ‘bird’ + late Latin struthio (from Greek strouthiōn ‘ostrich’, from strouthos ‘sparrow ’or‘ ostrich’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ostrich