spoonbill

noun spoon·bill \ ˈspün-ˌbil \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

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)

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First Known Use of spoonbill

circa 1678

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SPOONBILL Defined for Kids

spoonbill

noun spoon·bill \ ˈspün-ˌbil \

Definition of spoonbill for Students

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

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