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[spoon-bil] /ˈspunˌbɪl/
any of several wading birds of the family Plataleidae, related to the ibises, having a long, flat bill with a spoonlike tip.
any of various birds having a similar bill, as the shoveler duck.
the paddlefish.
Origin of spoonbill
1670-80; spoon + bill2 Unabridged
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  • spoonbill nests are generally located in dense red mangrove stands and are not generally visible from outside the colony.
  • Nesting pairs of the spectacular roseate spoonbill are continuing to increase.
  • Paddlefish, commonly called spoonbill catfish, are not catfish and cannot be legally harvested by means of snagging.
  • Our paddlefish has also been mistaken for a catfish by some anglers as this species is sometimes referred as a spoonbill catfish.
British Dictionary definitions for spoonbill


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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Word Origin and History for spoonbill

1670s, from spoon (n.) + bill (n.2); after Dutch lepelaar (from lepel "spoon").

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