sheath·​bill ˈshēth-ˌbil How to pronounce sheathbill (audio)
: either of two white shorebirds (Chionis alba and C. minor of the family Chionididae) of colder parts of the southern hemisphere that have a horny sheath over the base of the upper mandible and suggest the pigeons in general appearance

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Recent Examples on the Web After rain, snow and strong winds, Le Lyrial’s captain found calm at Moltke Harbor, where a Gentoo penguin rookery sat just over a hill, and guides sighted a snowy sheathbill and numerous South Georgia pipits. David G. Molyneaux, cleveland, 25 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1781, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sheathbill was circa 1781

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“Sheathbill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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