shoe-bill

shoebill

[shoo-bil]
noun
a large, African, storklike bird, Balaeniceps rex, having a broad, flattened bill shaped somewhat like a shoe.

Origin:
1870–75; shoe + bill2

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shoebill (ˈʃuːˌbɪl)
 
n
a large wading bird, Balaeniceps rex, of tropical E African swamps, having a dark plumage, a large head, and a large broad bill: family Balaenicipitidae, order Ciconiiformes
 
[C19: so named because of the shape of its bill]

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