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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Examples of hornbill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Sagaing Division, in the foothills of the Himalayas, a man from the Naga ethnic group wearing a fur hat garnished with hornbill feathers and boar tusks raised his arm in a defiant salute. Hannah Beech, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Feb. 2021 The male helmeted hornbill finished his parenting duties alone. Yao-hua Law, The Atlantic, 16 Dec. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 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, 13 May 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2020

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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 27 Sep. 2021.

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