hornbill

noun
horn·​bill | \ ˈhȯrn-ˌbil How to pronounce hornbill (audio) \

Definition of hornbill

: any of a family (Bucerotidae) of large nonpasserine birds of Africa and Eurasia having enormous bills

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Recent Examples on the Web Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: It's amazing how quickly the planet can fix itself during a lockdown," 21 Apr. 2020 The two seem to be hitting it off already, the zoo said, spending a lot of time together on Kiden’s first day in the enclosure, an area that also includes Speke’s gazelle and southern ground hornbills. oregonlive, "Oregon Zoo welcomes new 2-year-old giraffe, Kiden," 13 May 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: It's amazing how quickly the planet can fix itself during a lockdown," 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: It's amazing how quickly the planet can fix itself during a lockdown," 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: It's amazing how quickly the planet can fix itself during a lockdown," 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. New York Times, "India Savors a Rare Upside to Coronavirus: Clean Air," 4 Apr. 2020 Male hornbills can inflate their wattles during mating season to attract females. National Geographic, "Southern ground hornbill," 2 Mar. 2020 Sulawesi is home to species found nowhere else, including vibrant hornbills, miniature water buffalo, tusked deer-pigs and some tarsiers, a small, nocturnal primate. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hornbill

1773, in the meaning defined above

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“Hornbill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hornbill. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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