Pronunciation: (ô'strich, os'trich), [key]
1. a large, two-toed, swift-footed flightless bird, Struthio camelus, indigenous to Africa and Arabia, domesticated for its plumage: the largest of living birds.
2. (not used scientifically) a rhea.
3. a person who attempts to ignore unpleasant facts or situations.
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