hornbill

[ hawrn-bil ]
/ ˈhɔrnˌbɪl /
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noun

any large bird of the family Bucerotidae, of the Old World tropics, characterized by a very large bill usually surmounted by a horny protuberance.

Nearby words

  1. horn-rimmed,
  2. horn-rims,
  3. horn-spread,
  4. hornbag,
  5. hornbeam,
  6. hornblende,
  7. hornblende schist,
  8. hornbook,
  9. hornby,
  10. horndog

Origin of hornbill

First recorded in 1765–75; horn + bill2

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British Dictionary definitions for hornbill

hornbill

/ (ˈhɔːnˌbɪl) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for hornbill

hornbill

n.

1773, from horn (n.) + bill (n.2).

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