shoebill

noun

shoe·​bill ˈshü-ˌbil How to pronounce shoebill (audio)
: a large gray wading bird (Balaeniceps rex) related to the storks and herons that inhabits wetlands of eastern Africa and has a thick broad bill

Examples of shoebill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What is a shoebill? National Geographic, 26 June 2020 Its specialized bill allows the shoebill to grab large prey, including lungfish, tilapia, eels, and snakes. National Geographic, 26 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoebill was in 1861

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“Shoebill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoebill. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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