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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 26 species of medium-sized wading birds (subfamily Threskiornithinae) of the same family as the spoonbills. Ibises are found in all warm regions except on South Pacific islands. They wade in shallow lagoons, lakes, bays, and marshes, using their slender down-curved bills to feed on small fishes and soft mollusks. Species range from 22 to 30 in. (55 to 75 cm) long. Ibises fly with neck and legs extended, alternately flapping and sailing. They usually breed in vast colonies.


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