a wading bird, Cochlearius cochlearius, of tropical America, related to the herons, having a broad bill resembling an inverted boat.
Origin of boatbill
First recorded in 1770–80; boat
Also called boat-billed heron [boht-bild] /ˈboʊtˌbɪld/
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Examples from the Web for boatbill
Historical Examples of boatbill
If we listen to Reinhurdt, we must place it, not alongside of the boatbill, but alongside of the African genus Scopus.
Whoever has once set eyes on the Boatbill or Savacou (Fig. 140) will never forget the bird, or confound it with any other.
Bonaparte regards it as intermediate between the pelican and the boatbill.
British Dictionary definitions for boatbill
a nocturnal tropical American wading bird, Cochlearius cochlearius, similar to the night herons but with a broad flattened bill: family Ardeidae, order Ciconiiformes
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