- any of several large wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, of warm temperate and tropical regions, related to the herons and storks, and characterized by a long, thin, downward-curved bill.Compare sacred ibis.
- any of certain similar birds belonging to the stork family Ciconiidae, especially the wood stork, Mycteria americana.
Origin of ibis
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ībis < Greek îbis < Egyptian hb
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Examples from the Web for ibis
In addition to two tigers there is the elephant, the dog, the bear, an ibis.A Fierce Debut
March 9, 2011
The ibis cannot have been honored as the destroyer of the sacred serpent.
I divested the ibis of its brilliant plumage, and ate it raw.
A plume-quill from the wing of the ibis served me for a blow-pipe.
In the last book that he wrote, several years after the Ibis, he said, ex Pont.
At Ibis 135 the hasta is mentioned as the special weapon of the Iazyges.
- any of various wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, such as Threskiornis aethiopica (sacred ibis), that occur in warm regions and have a long thin down-curved bill: order Ciconiiformes (herons, storks, etc)Compare wood ibis
C14: via Latin from Greek, from Egyptian hby
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Word Origin and History for ibis
stork-like bird, late 14c., from Greek ibis, from Egyptian hab, a sacred bird of Egypt.
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