noun \ˈī-bəs\

: a tall bird that has long legs and a long bill that curves downward

plural ibis or ibis·es

Full Definition of IBIS

:  any of various chiefly tropical or subtropical wading birds (family Threskiornithidae) related to the herons but distinguished by a long slender downwardly curved bill

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Origin of IBIS

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, from Egyptian hbw
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl
IBIS Defined for Kids


noun \ˈī-bəs\
plural ibis or ibis·es

Definition of IBIS for Kids

:  a tall bird related to the herons with long legs and a slender bill that curves down


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