spoonbill
Shoveler Shov"el*er, n. [Also shoveller.] 1. One who, or that which, shovels. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A river duck ({Spatula clypeata}), native of Europe and America. It has a large bill, broadest towards the tip. The male is handsomely variegated with green, blue, brown, black, and white on the body; the head and neck are dark green. Called also {broadbill}, {spoonbill}, {shovelbill}, and {maiden duck}. The Australian shoveler, or shovel-nosed duck ({S. rhynchotis}), is a similar species. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Spoonbill — Spoon bill ( b[i^]l ), n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) 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. [1913 Webster] Note: The roseate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spoonbill — [spo͞on′bil΄] n. 1. any of several wading birds (family Threskiornithidae) with a broad, flat bill that is spoon shaped at the tip; esp., the roseate spoonbill ( Ajaia ajaja) of North and South America 2. any of a number of other birds with a… …   English World dictionary

  • spoonbill — 1670s, from SPOON (Cf. spoon) (n.) + BILL (Cf. bill) (2); after Du. lepelaar (from lepel spoon ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • spoonbill — ► NOUN ▪ a tall wading bird having a long bill with a very broad flat tip …   English terms dictionary

  • Spoonbill — Taxobox name = Spoonbills image width = 200px image caption = Royal spoonbill image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Ciconiiformes familia = Threskiornithidae subfamilia = Plateinae subdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • spoonbill — /spoohn bil /, n. 1. any of several wading birds of the family Plataleidae, related to the ibises, having a long, flat bill with a spoonlike tip. 2. any of various birds having a similar bill, as the shoveler duck. 3. the paddlefish. [1670 80;… …   Universalium

  • spoonbill — Ruddy Rud dy, a. [Compar. {Ruddier}; superl. {Ruddiest}.] [AS. rudig. See {Rud}, n.] 1. Of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame. Milton. [1913 Webster] They were more ruddy in body than rubies. Lam. iv. 7. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spoonbill — /ˈspunbɪl / (say spoohnbil) noun 1. any of several wading birds closely related to the ibis and having a long, flat bill with a spoon like tip, as the royal spoonbill, Platalea regia, of Australasia and certain islands to the north. 2. any of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • spoonbill — girnovės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Platalea angl. spoonbill vok. Löffler, m rus. колпица, f pranc. spatule, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – girnovės siauresnis terminas – baltoji girnovė siauresnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • spoonbill — noun Date: circa 1678 1. any of several wading birds (family Threskiornithidae) related to the ibises that have an expanded bill that is flattened and rounded at the tip 2. any of several broad billed ducks (as the shoveler) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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