plural noun

: a family of birds (order Ciconiiformes) consisting of the ibises and spoonbills or restricted to the former

Word History


New Latin, from Threskiornith-, Threskiornis, type genus (from Greek thrēskeia religion, worship + New Latin -ornith-, -ornis -ornis) + -idae; probably akin to Sanskrit dhārayati he holds, carries, keeps

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“Threskiornithidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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