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Webster 1913 Edition


Spoonbill

Spoon′billˊ

(-bĭlˊ)
,
Noun.
(Zool.)
(a)
Any one of several species of wading birds of the genera
Ajaja
and
Platalea
, and allied genera, in which the long bill is broadly expanded and flattened at the tip.
☞ The roseate spoonbill of America (
Ajaja ajaja
), and the European spoonbill (
Platalea leucorodia
) are the best known. The royal spoonbill (
Platalea regia
) of Australia is white, with the skin in front of the eyes naked and black. The male in the breeding season has a fine crest.
(b)
The shoveler. See
Shoveler
, 2.
(c)
The ruddy duck. See under
Ruddy
.
(d)
The paddlefish.

Definition 2022


spoonbill

spoonbill

English

a spoonbill (bird) (Platalea leucorodia)
spoonbill (fish)

Noun

spoonbill (plural spoonbills)

  1. Any of various large, long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae, which also includes the ibises, that have a large, flat, spatulate bill.
  2. (US) A species of fish, Polyodon spathula, native to the Mississippi/Ohio/Missouri river basin, or extinct close relatives.

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