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British Dictionary definitions for sawbill


  1. another name for merganser, motmot
  2. any of various hummingbirds of the genus Ramphodon
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Word Origin

C19: so called because of their serrated bills
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Examples from the Web for sawbill

Historical Examples

  • Saw the sawbill duck once or twice riding down on a log and fired twice, unsuccessfully.

    Mount Rainier


  • Spic′ūlum, a spicule; Spike′bill, a merganser, a sawbill: the marbled godwit.