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
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Many were wetland species – such as ducks and ibis – but the paleontologists also recognized several species of songbirds.
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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
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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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