\ ˈī-bəs How to pronounce ibis (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web In North Dighton, a white ibis was seen in flight over a private farm area. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Though the streams and the ibis imply the uses of creative energy, the experience of the Star is one of peace. refinery29.com, 25 Aug. 2021 There was a little blue heron, a glossy ibis, and two soras. BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2021 There were two glossy ibis, a black skimmer, and a probable nesting family of four merlins. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 Tagged, chipped and clipped, Eola swans are loyal to the lake, but so is a long list of other wild birds, including ibis, anhinga and egret. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, 14 July 2021 And being in the back of a boat drifting down the Caroni Swamp just when a flock of scarlet ibis fly past, their plumage vibrant against the mangrove trees. Patrice Grell Yursik, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 Downing’s beautifully colored double-page illustrations of a wide-winged ibis, a hippo, crocodile and an escort of butterflies bring the story to life. Penny Schwartz, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Mar. 2021 The Cedar Island observation platform is the place to spot iridescent glossy ibis probing for snails in the mud of the saltwater marsh, or pure white snowy egrets gliding across the foliage. Jeanine Barone, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2021

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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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“Ibis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ibis. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ibis

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


\ ˈī-bəs How to pronounce ibis (audio) \
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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