ibis

noun \ ˈī-bəs \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of ibis

plural ibis or ibises
: 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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Origin and Etymology of ibis

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


IBIS Defined for English Language Learners

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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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ibis

noun \ ˈī-bəs \

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

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