[jab-uh-roo, jab-uh-roo]

Origin of jabiru

1640–50; < Portuguese < Tupi jabirú
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  1. a large white tropical American stork, Jabiru mycteria, with a dark naked head and a dark bill
  2. 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
  3. another name for saddlebill
  4. (not in ornithological usage) another name for wood ibis

Word Origin for jabiru

C18: via Portuguese from Tupi-Guarani
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