adjutant bird

noun
variants: or adjutant stork or less commonly adjutant crane

Definition of adjutant bird 

: any of several large upright storks (genus Leptoptilos) having the head and neck bare of feathers and feeding on carrion or on small aquatic animals or snakes: such as

a : an Indian stork (L. dubius) that attains a height of seven feet

b : a smaller Indian stork (L. javanicus)

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of adjutant bird

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adjutant bird

probably so called from its fancied resemblance to a military figure pacing a parade ground

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about adjutant bird

Share adjutant bird

Statistics for adjutant bird

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for adjutant bird

The first known use of adjutant bird was in 1809

See more words from the same year

Comments on adjutant bird

What made you want to look up adjutant bird? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!