ibis

noun
\ˈī-bəs \
plural ibis or ibises

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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At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge there was a brant, four least bitterns, a little blue heron, a glossy ibis, and five purple finches. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 7 July 2018 Two islands off the Milford and Westbrook shorelines have been closed to the public to protect key nesting habitat for snowy egrets, great egrets, glossy ibis and little blue herons, state environmental officials announced Wednesday. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Islands Off Milford, Westbrook Closed To Protect Nesting Birds," 23 May 2018 The area is also known to include tombs, a funerary building and a large necropolis for thousands of mummified ibis and baboon birds, as well as other animals. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Storm uncovers ancient forest and wreckage in England," 6 Mar. 2018 But for Okeechobee County’s credit, the path offers a serene stretch to take in the expansive views and enjoy Florida’s avian population including bald eagles, cormorants, ibis, egret and more. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Okeechobee County: Tackling the Big O scenic trail," 6 May 2018 The area is also known to include tombs, a funerary building and a large necropolis for thousands of mummified ibis and baboon birds, as well as other animals. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Storm uncovers ancient forest and wreckage in England," 6 Mar. 2018 In part, the low resighting numbers can be explained by the fact that many birds, like the ibis, have a high mortality rate. New York Times, "Where Do Birds Flock Together? Australians Are Mailing In Feathers to Help Find Out," 21 Mar. 2018 The area is also known to include tombs, a funerary building and a large necropolis for thousands of mummified ibis and baboon birds, as well as other animals. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Storm uncovers ancient forest and wreckage in England," 6 Mar. 2018 Cook said scientists were long puzzled by white ibises, which unlike other birds do better following droughts. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Record rain led to bonanza year for Florida’s wading birds. Just not in the right places | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ibis

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ibis

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, from Egyptian hbw

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ibidem

Ibididae

Ibidium

ibis

ibisbill

Ibiza

Ibizan hound

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ibis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ibis

: a tall bird that has long legs and a long bill that curves downward

ibis

noun
\ˈī-bəs \
plural ibis or ibises

Kids Definition of ibis

: a tall bird related to the herons with long legs and a slender bill that curves down

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