shoebill

noun
shoe·​bill | \ ˈshü-ˌbil How to pronounce shoebill (audio) \

Definition of shoebill

: 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

First Known Use of shoebill

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Shoebill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoebill. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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