• WordNet 3.6
    • n spoonbill wading birds having a long flat bill with a tip like a spoon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spoonbill (Zoöl) Any one of several species of wading birds of the genera Ajaja and Platalea, and allied genera, in which the long bill is broadly expanded and flattened at the tip.☞ The roseate spoonbill of America (Ajaja ajaja), and the European spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) are the best known. The royal spoonbill (Platalea regia) of Australia is white, with the skin in front of the eyes naked and black. The male in the breeding season has a fine crest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spoonbill In ornithology: A large grallatorial bird of either of the genera Platalea and Aiaia: so called from the broad, flat, spatulate dilatation of the end of the bill, likened to a spoon. See cuts under Platalea and aiaia.
    • n spoonbill The shoveler-duck, Spatula clypeata. See cut under shoveler.
    • n spoonbill The scaupduck, Fuligula marila. See cut under scaup.
    • n spoonbill The ruddy duck. Erismatura rubida; the broadbill: more fully called spoon-billed butterball. See cut under Erismatura.
    • n spoonbill In ichthyology, the spoon-billed cat, or paddle-fish, Polyodon spatula. See cuts under paddle-fish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spoonbill a family of birds (Plataleidæ) allied to the Ibididæ, and more distantly to the storks, with a bill long, flat, and broad throughout, and much dilated in a spoon form at the tip
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spón; Ger. span, a chip, Ice. spánn, a chip, a spoon.


In literature:

The beak is flattened laterally, that is, in a plane at right angles to that of a spoonbill or duck.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
In one of these we saw a number of ibises and spoonbills; and the natives succeeded in killing two or three snakes.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete" by Charles Sturt
They had shot, however, only one teal and a spoonbill.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
In these matters no one could be more condescending than Lord Spoonbill.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction," by Various
THE AMERICAN FLAMINGO, SCARLET IBIS AND ROSEATE SPOONBILL are three of the most beautiful and curious water-haunting birds of the tropics.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
You blooming spoonbill, get inter that!
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
Egrets, night-herons, cormorants, darters, paddy-birds, openbills, and spoonbills build stick nests in trees.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
The beak is flattened laterally, that is, in a plane at right angles to that of a spoonbill or duck.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
The very spoonbill wades.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865" by Various
Pulling out the source of domestic caviare, the Spoonbill.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler

In poetry:

I waded out to the swan's nest - at night I heard them sing,
I stood amazed at the Pelican, and crowned him for a king;
I saw the black duck in the reeds, and the spoonbill on the sky,
And in that poor country no pauper was I.
"The Poor, Poor Country" by John Shaw Neilson

In news:

Birder 's Eye View: Beautiful roseatte spoonbills making a comeback of their own for Pink Month.
Diana Churchill/For Savannah Morning News A roseate spoonbill in flight.
Spoonbill & Sugartown, 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-387-7322, free.
Fire claims Spoonbill Drive home .
A house fire on the 300 block of Spoonbill Drive, in the Heron Creek subdivision, caused severe damage to nearly half of the home, officials say.
I don't know if you have ever seen a roseate spoonbill.
Just after dawn, a trio of spoonbills basks in the day's first light.
However, it is those gaudy spoonbills that garner your attention.
Nesting season is about to enter full swing for roseate spoonbills on Laguna Madre's Green Island.
When that occurs, spoonbills will shoot up the rivers to spawn and the fishing can be phenomenal.
The Wildlife Department has processed 1,500 paddlefish, or spoonbills , at the center this spring with the biggest being a 76-pounder, Brennan said.
"It's possibly one of the best sanctuaries in the US for photographing spoonbills for numbers and for getting up close," he says.
Fellow country star Miranda Lambert, a Texas native who now lives near Tishomingo, also was on that trip and snagged a paddlefish, which are also called spoonbills and the Oklahoma Marlin in the Sooner state.
Researchers want to know why more spoonbills are nesting in Tampa Bay and fewer are in the Everglades.
Three roseate spoonbills , not more than 3 weeks old.