plural noun
Thres·​ki·​or·​nith·​i·​dae | \ ˌthreskēȯ(r)ˈnithəˌdē \

Definition of Threskiornithidae

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

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History and Etymology for Threskiornithidae

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 22 Jan. 2021.

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