jabiru

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jabiru large white stork of warm regions of the world especially America
    • n jabiru large black-and-white stork of tropical Africa; its red bill has a black band around the middle
    • n jabiru large mostly white Australian stork
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jabiru (Zoöl) One of several large wading birds of the genera Mycteria and Xenorhynchus, allied to the storks in form and habits.☞ The American jabiru (Mycteria Americana) is white, with the head and neck black and nearly bare of feathers. The East Indian and Australian (Xenorhynchus Australis) has the neck, head, and back covered with glossy, dark green feathers, changing on the head to purple. The African jabiru (Mycteria SenegalensisorEphippiorhynchus, Senegalensis) has the neck, head, wing coverts, and tail, black, and is called also saddle-billed stork.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jabiru A large stork-like bird, Mycteria americana. The jabiru and the maguari are the only American representatives of the subfamily Ciconiinæ. The jabiru inhabits tropical and subtropical America, occasionally north to Texas. The plumage is entirely white; the bill, legs, and bare skin of the neck are black, with a red collar around the lower part of the neck. The wing is 2 feet long; the bill is a foot long, extremely thick at the base, and somewhat recurved at the tip. See Mycteria.
    • n jabiru This name has also been applied to two large, stork-like birds of the Old World, somewhat smaller than the South American jabiru and having the head and neck feathered instead of bare. The African jabiru, Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis, is glossy black above, white below; the primaries are also white. The Australian jabiru, Xenorhynchus australis, is of a greenish black above.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jabiru jab′i-rū a kind of large stork.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Braz. jabirú, jaburú,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Brazilian.

Usage

In literature:

This was the jabiru, a species which is fast disappearing, the gigantic crane of the English colonies.
"In Search of the Castaways" by Jules Verne
Native companions ('Crus Australalasinus') and the more rare jabiru ('Myeteria Australis') were very numerous on it.
"The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine" by Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
Jabiru Stork South America.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
The jabiru, the largest bird in Guiana, feeds in the marshy savanna through which you have just passed.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
A jabiru stork stood on one leg, beak on breast, meditating, caring nothing for all that was outside its ruminating mind.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
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In news:

She was flying a single-engine Jabiru airplane.
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