boatbill

[ boht-bil ]
/ ˈboʊtˌbɪl /
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noun

a wading bird, Cochlearius cochlearius, of tropical America, related to the herons, having a broad bill resembling an inverted boat.

Nearby words

  1. boat tail,
  2. boat train,
  3. boat-billed heron,
  4. boat-tailed grackle,
  5. boatage,
  6. boatbuilder,
  7. boatel,
  8. boater,
  9. boathook,
  10. boathouse

Origin of boatbill

First recorded in 1770–80; boat + bill2

Also called boat-billed heron [boht-bild] /ˈboʊtˌbɪld/.

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British Dictionary definitions for boatbill

boatbill

boat-billed heron

/ (ˈbəʊtˌbɪl) /

noun

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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