Definitions for ibisˈaɪ bɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•bisˈaɪ bɪs(n.)(pl.)i•bis•es; i•bis.

  1. any of various large wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, of warm regions, with a long, thin, downward-curved bill.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of ibis:

1350–1400; ME < L ībis < Gk îbis < Egyptian hb

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ibis(noun)

    wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills

Wiktionary

  1. ibis(Noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ibis(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Ibis

    The ibises are a group of long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae. They all have long, down-curved bills, and usually feed as a group, probing mud for food items, usually crustaceans. Most species nest in trees, often with spoonbills or herons. The word ibis comes from Greek and Latin, and probably from the Ancient Egyptian.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ibis

    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.

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