- a large stork, Jabiru mycteria, of the warmer regions of the New World.
Origin of jabiru
1640–50; < Portuguese < Tupi jabirú
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Examples from the Web for jabiru
It beached, and the jabiru heard a sudden dense silence fall.
The major was skillful enough to shoot a very rare bird,—a "jabiru," or giant crane.In Search of the Castaways
The jabiru stork heard it, and craned its featherless neck to stare downward through beady eyes.
And if man's gratitude is not enough for safety, the jabiru smells very, very badly, and no man hunts his tribe.
Like most of the birds whose necks are bald, the jabiru is a useful scavenger, and so is tolerated in the haunts of men.
- a large white tropical American stork, Jabiru mycteria, with a dark naked head and a dark bill
- Also called: black-necked stork, policeman bird a large Australian stork, Xenorhyncus asiaticus, having a white plumage, dark green back and tail, and red legs
- another name for saddlebill
- (not in ornithological usage) another name for wood ibis
C18: via Portuguese from Tupi-Guarani