any of several small, often brightly colored passerine birds of the family Eurylaimidae, of the Old World tropics, having a broad, flattened bill2.
any of various birds with a broad bill, as the scaup duck, shoveler, and spoonbill.

Origin of broadbill

First recorded in 1625–35; broad + bill2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for broadbill

Historical Examples of broadbill

  • There was something so desperately trying and painful in this fight with a broadbill.

  • And I concluded I had been rather unlucky to start on a broadbill at the very beginning.

  • We were sure we had a broadbill, and were correspondingly worried.

  • I have not yet seen a broadbill, and fear none are coming this year.

  • It was only at this moment I realized I had again hooked a broadbill.

British Dictionary definitions for broadbill



any passerine bird of the family Eurylaimidae, of tropical Africa and Asia, having bright plumage and a short wide bill
US any of various wide-billed birds, such as the scaup and shoveler
US another name for swordfish
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