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.

Nearby words

  1. sheatfish,
  2. sheath,
  3. sheath knife,
  4. sheath of eyeball,
  5. sheath of schwann,
  6. sheathe,
  7. sheathing,
  8. sheaths,
  9. sheave,
  10. sheaves

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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