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n. pl. ibis or i·bis·es
Any of various storklike wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae of temperate and tropical regions, having a long, slender, downward-curving bill.

[Middle English ibin, from Latin ībis, from Greek, from Egyptian hbj.]


n, pl ibises or ibis
(Animals) any of various wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, such as Threskiornis aethiopica (sacred ibis), that occur in warm regions and have a long thin down-curved bill: order Ciconiiformes (herons, storks, etc). Compare wood ibis
[C14: via Latin from Greek, from Egyptian hby]


(ˈaɪ bɪs)

n., pl. i•bis•es, (esp. collectively) i•bis.
any of various large wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, of warm regions, with a long, thin, downward-curved bill.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ībis < Greek îbis < Egyptian hb]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ibis - wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved billsibis - wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills
wader, wading bird - any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
Ibis ibis, wood ibis, wood stork - any of several Old World birds of the genus Ibis
sacred ibis, Threskiornis aethiopica - African ibis venerated by ancient Egyptians


[ˈaɪbɪs] N (ibises or ibis (pl)) → ibis f inv


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