spoonbill(redirected from Plateinae)
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a. Any of several long-legged wading birds of the genus Platalea, having a long, flat bill with a broadly spatulate tip.
b. Any of various broad-billed ducks, such as the shoveler.
2. See paddlefish.
(Animals) any of several wading birds of warm regions, such as Platalea leucorodia (common spoonbill) and Ajaia ajaja (roseate spoonbill), having a long horizontally flattened bill: family Threskiornithidae, order Ciconiiformes
1. any of several large wading birds having a long, flat bill with a spoonlike tip.
2. any of various other birds having a similar bill, as the shoveler.
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|Noun||1.||spoonbill - wading birds having a long flat bill with a tip like a spoon|
common spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia - pure white crested spoonbill of southern Eurasia and northeastern Africa