ostrich

Part of speech: noun

A very large, two - toed bird of Africa and Arabia, noted for its beautiful plumes and its speed in running.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Felix Dahn.