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sheathbill

[ sheeth-bil ]
/ ˈʃiθˌbɪl /
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noun

either of two white sea birds, Chionis alba or C. minor, of the colder parts of the Southern Hemisphere: so called from the horny sheath covering the base of the upper bill.

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Origin of sheathbill

First recorded in 1775–85; sheath + bill2
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British Dictionary definitions for sheathbill

sheathbill
/ (ˈʃiːθˌbɪl) /

noun

either of two pigeon-like shore birds, Chionis alba or C. minor, of antarctic and subantarctic regions, constituting the family Chionididae: order Charadriiformes. They have a white plumage and a horny sheath at the base of the bill
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