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hornbill

[hawrn-bil] /ˈhɔrnˌbɪl/
noun
1.
any large bird of the family Bucerotidae, of the Old World tropics, characterized by a very large bill usually surmounted by a horny protuberance.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; horn + bill2
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Examples from the web for hornbill
  • Trumpeter hornbill through up a fruit to catch it and eat it.
  • He remembered a hornbill, which was simply a huge yellow beak with a small bird tied on behind it.
  • Vervet monkeys respond to the alarm calls of superb starlings, while mongooses are well-versed in hornbill calls.
British Dictionary definitions for hornbill

hornbill

/ˈhɔːnˌbɪl/
noun
1.
any bird of the family Bucerotidae of tropical Africa and Asia, having a very large bill with a basal bony protuberance: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
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Word Origin and History for hornbill
n.

1773, from horn (n.) + bill (n.2).

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