sicklebill

[ sik-uh l-bil ]
/ ˈsɪk əlˌbɪl /

noun

any of various birds having a long, curved bill, as the long-billed curlew or curve-billed thrasher.

Nearby words

  1. sickle feather,
  2. sickle medick,
  3. sickle-cell anaemia,
  4. sickle-cell test,
  5. sickle-hocked,
  6. sicklemia,
  7. sickling,
  8. sickly,
  9. sickness,
  10. sickness benefit

Origin of sicklebill

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; sickle + bill2

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British Dictionary definitions for sicklebill

sicklebill

/ (ˈsɪkəlˌbɪl) /

noun

any of various birds having a markedly curved bill, such as Falculea palliata, a Madagascan bird of the family Vangidae, Hemignathus procerus, a Hawaiian honey creeper, and certain hummingbirds and birds of paradise
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