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wood ibis

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 of wood ibis
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Among the trees the wood-ibis stole; without on the placid glass of the stream the eared grebe floated.

    The Slayer Of souls Robert Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for wood-ibis

wood ibis

any of several storks having a downward-curved bill, esp Mycteria americana of America and Ibis ibis of Africa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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