Plataleidae

plural noun
Plat·​a·​le·​i·​dae | \ ˌplatəˈlēəˌdē \

Definition of Plataleidae

: a family of birds (order Ciconiiformes) that consists of the spoonbills and is often ranked as a subfamily of Threskiornithidae

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History and Etymology for Plataleidae

New Latin, from Platalea, type genus (from Latin platalea spoonbill) + -idae; akin to Greek platys flat, broad

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“Plataleidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Plataleidae. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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