Definitions for ibisˈaɪ bɪs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
i•bisˈaɪ bɪs(n.)(pl.)i•bis•es; i•bis.
any of various large wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, of warm regions, with a long, thin, downward-curved bill.
Origin of ibis:
1350–1400; ME < L ībis < Gk îbis < Egyptian hb
wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills
Any of various long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae. They have long downcurved bills used to probe the mud for prey such as crustaceans.
any bird of the genus Ibis and several allied genera, of the family Ibidae, inhabiting both the Old World and the New. Numerous species are known. They are large, wading birds, having a long, curved beak, and feed largely on reptiles
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the Nile bird, regarded as an avatar of deity, and held sacred by the Egyptians; it did not breed in Egypt, and was supposed to be of mystic origin; it arrives in Egypt when the Nile begins to rise.