What does the word ostrich mean?

Usage examples for ostrich

  1. " Leave it to the driver, Jeff- maybe he'll believe him," said Cousin Egbert almost sadly, whereupon the other addressed the cabby: " Hey, Frank," he began, and continued with some French words, among which I caught " vooley- vous, ally caffy, foomer"; and something that sounded much like " kafoozleum," at which the cabby spoke at some length in his native language concerning the ostrich. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  2. Although the ostrich has wings, it can not fly- it depends upon its strong legs and feet for speed, and can run much faster than a horse. – New National Fourth Reader by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
  3. We pursued for half an hour; by that time he had gained so much on us that we could just see him in the distance like an ostrich disappearing in the sands of the desert. – The Scarlet Banner by Felix Dahn