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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 bill2 .
2.
any of various birds with a broad bill, as the scaup duck, shoveler, and spoonbill.
Origin of broadbill
1625-1635
1625-35; broad + bill2
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  • It was only at this moment I realized I had again hooked a broadbill.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • It seems reasonable and fair to give notice that broadbill swordfish are not the only dangers to encounter at Avalon.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • I have a nice little row-boat named broadbill, with patent oars.

  • This broadbill was seen only on two occasions at the Cocoa Research Station, both times at the edge of the primary forest.

    Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson
  • This experience taught us exceeding respect for the broadbill.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • It was significant that the broadbill swordfish did not return to Avalon in 1918, as in former years.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The first broadbill I sighted had a skinned tail, and evidently had been in a battle of some kind.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • He quit, same as he quit the first day out, when I hooked the broadbill and the reel froze.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • There was something so desperately trying and painful in this fight with a broadbill.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • There were eight broadbill swordfish hooked at Avalon during the summer, and not one brought to gaff.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for broadbill

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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