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ibis

[ ahy-bis ]
/ ˈaɪ bɪs /
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noun, plural i·bis·es, (especially collectively) i·bis.
any of several large wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, of warm temperate and tropical regions, related to the herons and storks, and characterized by a long, thin, downward-curved bill.Compare sacred ibis.
any of certain similar birds belonging to the stork family Ciconiidae, especially the wood stork, Mycteria americana.
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Origin of ibis

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin ībis<Greek îbis<Egyptian hb

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ibis
/ (ˈaɪbɪs) /

noun plural ibises or ibis
any of various wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, such as Threskiornis aethiopica (sacred ibis), that occur in warm regions and have a long thin down-curved bill: order Ciconiiformes (herons, storks, etc)Compare wood ibis

Word Origin for ibis

C14: via Latin from Greek, from Egyptian hby
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