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([o^]s"trich), n. [OE. ostriche, ostrice, OF.
ostruche, ostruce, F. autruche, L. avis struthio; avis bird +
struthio ostrich, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? bird, sparrow. Cf.
.] [Formerly written also estrich
A large bird of the genus Struthio
, of which Struthio camelus
of Africa is the best known species. It has long and
very strong legs, adapted for rapid running; only two toes; a
long neck, nearly bare of feathers; and short wings incapable
of flight. The adult male is about eight feet high.
Note: The South African ostrich (Struthio australis
the Asiatic ostrich are considered distinct species by
some authors. Ostriches are now domesticated in South
Africa in large numbers for the sake of their plumes.
The body of the male is covered with elegant black
plumose feathers, while the wings and tail furnish the
most valuable white plumes.
, a farm on which ostriches are bred for the
sake of their feathers, oil, eggs, etc.
, the occupation of breeding ostriches for
the sake of their feathers, etc.
(Bot.) a kind of fern (Onoclea Struthiopteris
), the tall fronds of which grow in a
circle from the rootstock. It is found in alluvial soil in
Europe and North America.