wood ibis

wood ibis

noun
any of several storks of the subfamily Mycteriinae, especially Mycteria americana, of the warm parts of America, and Ibis ibis, of Africa, having chiefly white plumage and a featherless head and resembling the true ibises in having curved bills: M. Americana is endangered.
Also called wood stork.


Origin:
1775–85, Americanism

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wood ibis
 
n
any of several storks having a downward-curved bill, esp Mycteria americana of America and Ibis ibis of Africa

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