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shoebill

[shoo-bil]
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noun
  1. a large, African, storklike bird, Balaeniceps rex, having a broad, flattened bill shaped somewhat like a shoe.

Origin of shoebill

First recorded in 1870–75; shoe + bill2
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Historical Examples

  • Hastily I rushed her out into the garden, where the Shoebill regarded her with one eye of prehistoric wisdom.

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    C. N. Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for shoebill

shoebill

noun
  1. a large wading bird, Balaeniceps rex, of tropical E African swamps, having a dark plumage, a large head, and a large broad bill: family Balaenicipitidae, order Ciconiiformes

Word Origin

C19: so named because of the shape of its bill
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