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broadbill

[brawd-bil] /ˈbrɔdˌbɪl/
noun
1.
any of several small, often brightly colored passerine birds of the family Eurylaimidae, of the Old World tropics, having a broad, flattened bill.
2.
any of various birds with a broad, bill, as the scaup duck, shoveler, and spoonbill.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; broad + bill2
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broadbill

/ˈbrɔːdˌbɪl/
noun
1.
any passerine bird of the family Eurylaimidae, of tropical Africa and Asia, having bright plumage and a short wide bill
2.
(US) any of various wide-billed birds, such as the scaup and shoveler
3.
(US) another name for swordfish
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any of 14 species of Old World tropical birds constituting the suborder Eurylaimi, order Passeriformes. Broadbills are monogamous and differ from all other passerines (perching birds) in the arrangement of the leg muscles that bend the toes.

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