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[ spoon-bil ]
/ ˈspunˌbɪl /


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.

Nearby words

spoon hook, spoon nail, spoon theory, spoon-fed, spoon-feed, spoonbill, spoonbill catfish, spoondrift, spoonerism, spooney, spoonful

Origin of spoonbill

First recorded in 1670–80; spoon + bill2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for spoonbill


/ (ˈspuːnˌbɪl) /


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper