wood ibis



any of several storks of the subfamily Mycteriinae, especially Mycteria americana, of the warm parts of America, and Ibis ibis, of Africa, having chiefly white plumage and a featherless head and resembling the true ibises in having curved bills: M. Americana is endangered.

Origin of wood ibis

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
Also called wood stork.
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Historical Examples of wood ibis

  • Among the trees the wood-ibis stole; without on the placid glass of the stream the eared grebe floated.

    The Slayer Of souls

    Robert Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for wood ibis

wood ibis


any of several storks having a downward-curved bill, esp Mycteria americana of America and Ibis ibis of Africa
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