spoonbill

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

Origin of spoonbill

First recorded in 1670–80; spoon + bill2
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spoonbill

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for spoonbill
n.

1670s, from spoon (n.) + bill (n.2); after Dutch lepelaar (from lepel "spoon").

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