[ spoon-bil ]

  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.

  1. the paddlefish.

Origin of spoonbill

First recorded in 1670–80; spoon + bill2

Words Nearby spoonbill

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How to use spoonbill in a sentence

  • So the Prince gave her back her shift, and she immediately turned into a spoonbill and flew away after her companions.

    Russian Fairy Tales | W. R. S. Ralston
  • Among them, the scarlet ibis and roseate spoonbill excelled all others in gorgeousness of colouring.

    The Wanderers | W.H.G. Kingston
  • The white ibis (Ibis melanocephala) is another wading bird, rather smaller than the spoonbill and with considerably shorter legs.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds | Douglas Dewar
  • The beak is flattened laterally, that is in a plane at right angles to that of a spoonbill or Duck.

  • Joseph Dixon implies that the eggs resemble those of the spoonbill sandpiper.

British Dictionary definitions for spoonbill


/ (ˈspuːnˌbɪl) /

  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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