• a Dwarf Playing With Cynocephali and A Tame Ibis
    a Dwarf Playing With Cynocephali and A Tame Ibis
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ibis wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ibis (Zoöl) Any bird of the genus Ibis and several allied genera, of the family Ibidæ, 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 sacred ibis of the ancient Egyptians (Ibis Æthiopica) has the head and neck black, without feathers. The plumage of the body and wings is white, except the tertiaries, which are lengthened and form a dark purple plume. In ancient times this bird was extensively domesticated in Egypt, but it is now seldom seen so far north. The glossy ibis (Plegadis autumnalis), which is widely distributed both in the Old World and the New, has the head and neck feathered, except between the eyes and bill; the scarlet ibis (Guara rubra) and the white ibis (Guara alba) inhabit the West Indies and South America, and are rarely found in the United States. The wood ibis (Tantalus loculator) of America belongs to the Stork family (Ciconidæ). See Wood ibis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ibis A bird of the family Ibididæ, or of the genus Ibis in a wide sense. There are about 24 species, of numerous modern genera, chiefly inhabitants of the lakes and swamps of the warmer parts of the globe. They resemble herons, storks, and other large altricial grallatorial birds. They feed on fish, reptiles, and other animals, chiefly aquatic, nest on the ground or in trees or bushes, lay a few eggs of a uniform color, and rear their young in the nest. The most notable species, and the one to which the name ibis appears originally to have been given, is the sacred ibis of Egypt and other parts of Africa (ibis religiosa), an object of veneration among the old Egyptians, frequently mummified after death, and represented in pictographs upon their monuments. It is about 2 feet long; the plumage is white and black; the naked head, bill, and feet are black. The glossy, bay, or black ibis (Ibis faleinellus, Falcinellus igneus, Plegadis falcinellus, etc.) is the most nearly cosmopolitan species, inhabiting chiefly the old world, but straying to North America, and reaching cold-temperate latitudes in both hemispheres. It is iridescent with green and black, varied by opaque dark-chestnut tints. The white-faced glossy ibis, Ibis guarauna, is a related species abundant in warm parts of America, and found in the southwestern United States. The white ibis, Eudocimus albus, inhabits the southern United States, where it is known as the Spanish curlew. The plumage of the adult is pure white, with black-tipped wings. A splendid species of tropical and subtropical America is the scarlet ibis, Eudocimus ruber, which when adult is scarlet, with black-tipped wings. Many of the other species present equally notable characters, as the Australian strawnecked ibis (Geronticus or Carphibis spinicollis), the African (Geronticus (Hagedashia) hagedash), the white Japanese (Geronticus (Nipponia) nippon), etc.
    • n ibis [capitalized] [NL.] The leading genus of the family Ibididæ, formerly more than coextensive with the family, but successively restricted to various generic types of ibises. Its current uses are now for that group which the sacred ibis typifies, and for that of which the scarlet ibis is the type. Modern genera which have been detached from the old genus Ibis are Falcinellus of Bechstein, Geronticus, Eudocimus, Harpiprion, Theristicus, Phimosus, Cercibis of Wagler, Threskiornis of G. R. Gray, Pseudibis of Hodgson, Hagedashia of Bonaparte, Leucibis, Carphibis, Lophotibis, Comatibis, Molypbdophanus, Bostrychia, Nipponia of Reichenbach, and others.
    • n ibis Some bird like an ibis, or supposed to be an ibis, as a wood-ibis or wood-stork. See Tantalinæ.
    • n ibis In angling, an artificial hackle-fly, ribbed with silver tinsel, with body, hackle, wings, and tail scarlet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ibis ī′bis a genus of wading birds related to the stork, one species of which was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ibis, Gr. ; of Egyptian origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr.; an Egyptian word.


In literature:

I wanted the scarlet ibis.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Not far off we espied an ibis perched on the stump of a tree, shattered probably by lightning.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
It would be with us what the ibis was with the Egyptians.
"Mamma's Stories about Birds" by Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")
King's College acts on the motto, Medio tutissimus ibis.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
They could see tall scarlet flamingoes on the farther shore, and smaller birds of the ibis kind.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
I informed him it was an ibis.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
The ibis cannot have been honored as the destroyer of the sacred serpent.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
The ibis was identified with Tahuti, the god of Hermopolis.
"The Religion of Ancient Egypt" by W. M. Flinders Petrie
The sacred Ibis stalked to the silvery steps of the Houris; the Graces held hands.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Similarly they reverence the cat, the ibis, and many other creatures.
"The Cat of Bubastes" by G. A. Henty

In poetry:

White-robed priests around her kneeling,
Ibis-banner floating high,
Conchs, and drums, and sistrals pealing,
And Sesostris standing nigh.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Police could soon be able to put in latent fingerprints found at crime scenes, or adapt the IBIS to include a "facial recognition component" that would add a photograph to the fingerprint .
Tucson News NowJaded Ibis Press Releases Innovative iPad App Novel.
In September 2011, Accor announced the grouping of its economy brands under the ibis banner.
IBIS Inc and McLane Logistics Technology have announced a strategic partnership.
IBIS will demonstrate speed and flexibility for news and sports news turnaround at NAB2005.
Zuhtu Ibis was born and raised in a small city in the middle of Turkey.
How does the IBIS system work.
White and Brown Ibis John James Audubon .
At Germany's Munich Zoo, you can watch the courtship rituals of the banded mongoose, hear the morning song of the scarlet ibis or visit the Indian elephants, who help keep the lights on with electricity generated from their poop.
They used the hospital's scanners to identify it as a ibis.
White ibis back in Hamburg.
Her appointment comes as GetMeMedia secured new investment from private equity fund, IBIS Media VCT.
Ibis Demo in Salmon – 1st Run (Pt3).
Ibis came to Salmon Idaho Cyclery on August 3rd 2010.
Wimberley — Red wine, green waves and white ibis all figured in my recent visit to Galveston , one of my favorite Texas cities.

In science:

Figure 1: Evolution of the percentages of the detected X-ray sources (divided according to their classification) from the 1st to the 4t h IBIS survey catalog.
Revealing the nature of unidentified INTEGRAL sources through optical spectroscopy: an overview
The identi fication method The first step for the determination of the nature of unidenti fied sources belonging to the IBIS catalogs is to search for counterparts at other wavelengths.
Revealing the nature of unidentified INTEGRAL sources through optical spectroscopy: an overview
Step hen et al. (2006), by cross-correlating the 2nd IBIS and the ROSAT catalogs, demonstrated that when a bright, single soft X-ray object is found within the IBIS error circle, it is almost certainly the lower-energy counterpart of the INTEGRAL source.
Revealing the nature of unidentified INTEGRAL sources through optical spectroscopy: an overview
Thus, the presence of a catalogued or archival Swift, ROSAT, Chandra and/or XMM-Newton source within the IBIS error circle of a hard X-ray object marks the position of its longer wavelength counterpart with a precision of a few arcseconds or better.
Revealing the nature of unidentified INTEGRAL sources through optical spectroscopy: an overview
It is moreover remarked that, despite recent claims (Cerutti et al. 2009), the present program halved the number of unidentified sources detected in the 3 rd IBIS catalog, and the same bright goal is expected for the 4th survey (see next Section).
Revealing the nature of unidentified INTEGRAL sources through optical spectroscopy: an overview