Hornbill Horn"bill`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any bird of the family {Bucerotid[ae]}, of which about sixty species are known, belonging to numerous genera. They inhabit the tropical parts of Asia, Africa, and the East Indies, and are remarkable for having a more or less horn-like protuberance, which is usually large and hollow and is situated on the upper side of the beak. The size of the hornbill varies from that of a pigeon to that of a raven, or even larger. They feed chiefly upon fruit, but some species eat dead animals. [1913 Webster]

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  • hornbill — 1773, from HORN (Cf. horn) (n.) + BILL (Cf. bill) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hornbill — ► NOUN ▪ a tropical bird with a horn like structure on its large curved bill …   English terms dictionary

  • hornbill — [hôn′bil΄] n. any of a family (Bucerotidae) of large, tropical, Old World coraciiform birds with partly united toes and a huge, curved bill, often with a bony protuberance …   English World dictionary

  • Hornbill — Taxobox name = Hornbills image width = 204px image caption = Abyssinian Ground hornbill Bucorvus abyssinicus regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Coraciiformes (but see text) familia = Bucerotidae familia authority =… …   Wikipedia

  • hornbill — /hawrn bil /, n. any large bird of the family Bucerotidae, of the Old World tropics, characterized by a very large bill usually surmounted by a horny protuberance. [1765 75; HORN + BILL2] * * * Any of about 45 species of Old World tropical birds… …   Universalium

  • hornbill — UK [ˈhɔː(r)nˌbɪl] / US [ˈhɔrnˌbɪl] noun [countable] Word forms hornbill : singular hornbill plural hornbills a tropical bird with a large beak …   English dictionary

  • hornbill — acerai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Aceros angl. hornbill vok. Hornvogel, m rus. калао, m pranc. calao, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – jaučiaragiai siauresnis terminas – geltonkrūtis aceras siauresnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • hornbill — noun Date: 1773 any of a family (Bucerotidae) of large nonpasserine birds of Africa and Eurasia having enormous bills …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hornbill — noun /ˈhɔːn.bɪl,ˈhɔːrn.bɪl/ Any of various birds of the family Bucerotidae, with bills resembling a cows horn. Many species have a casque above the bill, and many imprison their young in a tree …   Wiktionary

  • hornbill — horn|bill [ˈho:nˌbıl US ˈho:rn ] n a tropical bird with a very large beak …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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