wood ibis

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noun

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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Examples from the Web for 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


noun

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