sacred ibis

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sacred ibis

A large, short-legged ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) native to Africa and the Middle East, having predominantly white plumage and a black, naked head and neck.

[From the veneration of this ibis by the ancient Egyptians.]
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sa′cred i′bis

an African ibis, Threskiornis aethiopica, having a black head: venerated by the ancient Egyptians.
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Noun1.sacred ibis - African ibis venerated by ancient Egyptianssacred ibis - African ibis venerated by ancient Egyptians
ibis - wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills
genus Threskiornis, Threskiornis - type genus of the Threskiornithidae
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