any large bird of the family Bucerotidae, of the Old World tropics, characterized by a very large bill usually surmounted by a horny protuberance.
Origin of hornbill
First recorded in 1765–75; horn
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Historical Examples of hornbill
The majority of species of hornbill shun the vicinity of human beings.
The actions of the hornbill are in keeping with its appearance.
If the hornbill be the clown of the forest, the adjutant is the buffoon of the open plain.
The Hornbill is famous for the size and shape of its bill, which is very large.
"I can swallow a plantain at one gulp," said Hornbill proudly.
British Dictionary definitions for hornbill
any bird of the family Bucerotidae of tropical Africa and Asia, having a very large bill with a basal bony protuberance: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
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