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spoonbill

[ spoon-bil ]
/ ˈspunˌbɪl /
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noun
any of several wading birds of the family Plataleidae, related to the ibises, having a long, flat bill with a spoonlike tip.
any of various birds having a similar bill, as the shoveler duck.
the paddlefish.
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Origin of spoonbill

First recorded in 1670–80; spoon + bill2
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British Dictionary definitions for spoonbill

spoonbill
/ (ˈspuːnˌbɪl) /

noun
any of several wading birds of warm regions, such as Platalea leucorodia (common spoonbill) and Ajaia ajaja (roseate spoonbill), having a long horizontally flattened bill: family Threskiornithidae, order Ciconiiformes
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