broadbill

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n broadbill small birds of the Old World tropics having bright plumage and short wide bills
    • n broadbill freshwater duck of the northern hemisphere having a broad flat bill
    • n broadbill diving ducks of North America having a bluish-grey bill
    • n broadbill tropical American heron related to night herons
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Broadbill (Zoöl) A wild duck (Aythya marilaorFuligula marila), which appears in large numbers on the eastern coast of the United States, in autumn; -- called also bluebill blackhead raft duck, and scaup duck. See Scaup duck.
    • Broadbill (Zoöl) The shoveler. See Shoveler.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n broadbill The shoveler-duck, Spatula clypeata.
    • n broadbill The spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia.
    • n broadbill The scaup-duck, Fuligula marila, and other species of that genus.
    • n broadbill A bird of the family Eurylœmidœ. There are nine or ten species of broadbills peculiar to the Indian region. Also called broadmouth.
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Usage

In literature:

That would not have mattered if I had not hurt my back in an eleven-hour fight with a giant broadbill swordfish.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
We were sure we had a broadbill, and were correspondingly worried.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
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In news:

Taking time to bridle -rig squid results in a more natural presentation, whether the bait's trolled, pitched or -- for broadbills -- drifted deep.
Texas broadbill hotshots proved that huge swordfish are waiting to be hooked during the day in the Pacific depths off Southern California.
Sword, and Latin gladius: sword), also known as broadbill in some countries, are large, highly migratory, predatory fish characterized by a long, flat bill.
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