Definition of ibis
: any of various chiefly tropical or subtropical wading birds (family Threskiornithidae) related to the herons but distinguished by a long slender downwardly curved bill
Recent Examples of ibis from the Web
Insects lay eggs in the carcasses, creating food for mongooses and ibis.
After the wasp struggled over thick blades of grass with its prey, a large ibis effortlessly swoops down, grabs both insect and arachnid in its large beak, and effortlessly swallows them whole.
Two small islands off the Milford and Westbrook shores have been closed to the public to protect nesting birds that include snowy and great egrets, glossy ibis and little blue herons, state environmental officials announced Thursday.
The area hosts a large necropolis for thousands of mummified ibis and baboon birds as well as other animals.
The refuge in eastern Oregon was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt to protect waterfowl, such as ducks and ibises, many of which were being wiped out for the feather trade.
Many were wetland species – such as ducks and ibis – but the paleontologists also recognized several species of songbirds.
The manifest identifies the birds as maribou storks, white pelicans, African spoonbills and sacred and Hadada ibises.
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Origin and Etymology of ibis
Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, from Egypt hbw
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
IBIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ibis for English Language Learners
: a tall bird that has long legs and a long bill that curves downward
IBIS Defined for Kids
Definition of ibis for Students
: a tall bird related to the herons with long legs and a slender bill that curves down
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