[jab-uh-roo, jab-uh-roo]
a large stork, Jabiru mycteria, of the warmer regions of the New World.

1640–50; < Portuguese < Tupi jabirú

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jabiru (ˈdʒæbɪˌruː)
1.  a large white tropical American stork, Jabiru mycteria, with a dark naked head and a dark bill
2.  black-necked stork, Also called: policeman bird a large Australian stork, Xenorhyncus asiaticus, having a white plumage, dark green back and tail, and red legs
3.  another name for saddlebill
4.  (not in ornithological usage) another name for wood ibis
[C18: via Portuguese from Tupi-Guarani]

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(species Jabiru mycteria), a typical stork of the New World, ranging from Mexico to Argentina. The jabiru belongs to the stork family, Ciconiidae (order Ciconiiformes). It is mostly white, with the naked skin of the head and upper neck black and red. The unusually heavy bill is slightly upturned. The jabiru is one of the largest American flying birds, reaching a length of 140 cm (4.5 feet)

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Jabiru storks with nine-foot wingspans glided overhead.
But the conspicuous and attractive bird was the stately jabiru stork.
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