From Latin Leptoptilos, from Ancient Greek λεπτός (leptós, “thin, slender”) + πτῐ́λον (ptílon, “feather”), + argala, from Bengali হাড়গিলা (haṛgila), also transcribed hurghila.
Leptoptilos argala f
- (archaic) A taxonomic species within the family Ciconiidae – the greater adjutant, now known as L. dubius.
- 1876, "Burmah" in the Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed., Vol. IV, p. 552:
- Aquatic birds of various kinds are very numerous, such as geese, darters (Flotus melanogaster), scissor-bills (Rhynchops nigra), adjutants (Leptoptilos argala), pelicans, cormorants, cranes (Grus antigone, in Burmese gyoja), whimbrels, plovers, and ibises.