a large, African, storklike bird, Balaeniceps rex, having a broad, flattened bill shaped somewhat like a shoe.

Nearby words

  1. shoe boil,
  2. shoe is on the other foot, the,
  3. shoe leather,
  4. shoe-shine,
  5. shoe-string,
  6. shoeblack,
  7. shoebox,
  8. shoebrush,
  9. shoehorn,
  10. shoelace

Origin of shoebill

First recorded in 1870–75; shoe + bill2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoebill

  • Hastily I rushed her out into the garden, where the Shoebill regarded her with one eye of prehistoric wisdom.

    It Happened in Egypt|C. N. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for shoebill



a large wading bird, Balaeniceps rex, of tropical E African swamps, having a dark plumage, a large head, and a large broad bill: family Balaenicipitidae, order Ciconiiformes

Word Origin for shoebill

C19: so named because of the shape of its bill

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