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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: ostrusce, from Vulgar Latin avis struthio, from Latin avis 'bird' + Greek strouthos 'ostrich'
Sense: 2
Origin: Because ostriches were believed to bury their heads in sand so that their hunters could not see them

ostrich

noun
     
ostrich
Related topics: Birds
os‧trich [countable]
1HBB a large African bird with long legs, that runs very quickly but cannot fly
2 informal someone who does not deal with difficult problems but tries to pretend that they do not exist

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