spoonbill

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English[edit]

a spoonbill (bird) (Platalea leucorodia)
spoonbill (fish)

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From spoon +‎ bill, owing to the shape of the animals' heads.

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spoonbill (plural spoonbills)

  1. Any of various large, long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae, which also includes the ibises, that have a large, flat, spatulate bill.
  2. (US) A species of fish, Polyodon spathula, native to the Mississippi/Ohio/Missouri river basin, or extinct close relatives.

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