spoon bill

spoonbill

[spoon-bil]
noun
1.
any of several wading birds of the family Plataleidae, related to the ibises, having a long, flat bill with a spoonlike tip.
2.
any of various birds having a similar bill, as the shoveler duck.
3.
the paddlefish.

Origin:
1670–80; spoon + bill2

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spoonbill (ˈspuːnˌbɪl)
 
n
any of several wading birds of warm regions, such as Platalea leucorodia (common spoonbill) and Ajaia ajaja (roseate spoonbill), having a long horizontally flattened bill: family Threskiornithidae, order Ciconiiformes

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