spoon·​bill | \ ˈspün-ˌbil How to pronounce spoonbill (audio) \

Definition of spoonbill

1 : any of several wading birds (family Threskiornithidae) related to the ibises that have an expanded bill that is flattened and rounded at the tip
2 : any of several broad-billed ducks (such as the shoveler)

Examples of spoonbill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, an African spoonbill chick builds a special bond with his keeper in this new episode. Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2021 Some bird-watchers journeyed from out of state to see the spoonbill. Kyle Davidson, Detroit Free Press, 20 July 2021 After staying the night in Ann Arbor, the couple saw the spoonbill again early Tuesday morning. Kyle Davidson, Detroit Free Press, 20 July 2021 No duck may be less coveted by hunters than the northern shoveler, but none of us would pass on this spoonbill/wigeon hybrid. Ryan Chelius, Outdoor Life, 1 Mar. 2021 To further echo that sense of observing real birds, Bikoff commissioned the famous taxidermists Darwin, Sinke & van Tongeren to create stuffed versions of two of Audubon's most famous subjects: the flamingo and the spoonbill. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 18 Nov. 2019 As word circulated that spoonbills had taken up residence in Central Florida, birders, photographers and tourists started showing up. Anders Gyllenhaal, sun-sentinel.com, 29 June 2019 Despite the progress spoonbills have made, their long-term outlook is not certain, biologists say. Anders Gyllenhaal, sun-sentinel.com, 29 June 2019 The spoonbill was almost as long as the fishing pole. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, 13 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of spoonbill

circa 1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Spoonbill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoonbill. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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spoon·​bill | \ ˈspün-ˌbil How to pronounce spoonbill (audio) \

Kids Definition of spoonbill

: a wading bird having a bill which widens and flattens at the tip

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