adjutant storkless commonly
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)
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Origin and Etymology of adjutant bird
probably so called from its fancied resemblance to a military figure pacing a parade ground
First Known Use: 1809See Words from the same year
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