noun, plural ibises (especially collectively) ibis.
any of several large wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, of warm temperate and tropical regions, related to the herons and storks, and characterized by a long, thin, downward-curved bill. Compare sacred ibis.
any of certain similar birds belonging to the stork family Ciconiidae, especially the wood stork, Mycteria americana.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ībis < Greek îbis < Egyptian hb

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ibis (ˈaɪbɪs)
n , pl ibises, ibis
Compare wood ibis any of various wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, such as Threskiornis aethiopica (sacred ibis), that occur in warm regions and have a long thin down-curved bill: order Ciconiiformes (herons, storks, etc)
[C14: via Latin from Greek, from Egyptian hby]

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1382, from Gk. ibis, from Egyptian hab, a sacred bird of Egypt.
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Example sentences
He is represented with the head of an ibis on a human body.
They feast on many local species, including white ibis and limpkin, two types of wading birds.
The endangered bald ibis is one of the park's frequent visitors.
Watch the wildlife, which includes ibis, herons and spoonbills.
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