EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of spoonbill
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Might it not have done Lord
Spoonbill good to have witnessed this scene?
What sort of a boat do you want—schooner, yawl, cutter or
They returned with only a red wallabi (Halmaturus agilis) and a
This spring, though many remained in the marisma, not a
spoonbill nested in the district at all.
Many popular names have been given to it, such as Spadebill,
Spoonbill, Duckbill. British Dictionary definitions for spoonbill 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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Word Origin and History for spoonbill n.
spoon (n.) + bill (n.2); after Dutch lepelaar (from lepel "spoon").
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