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A tall wading bird (Balaeniceps rex) native to swampy regions of eastern tropical Africa, having slaty plumage, long legs, a stubby neck, and a large shoelike bill with a hook on the upper mandible.
(Animals) a large wading bird, Balaeniceps rex, of tropical E African swamps, having a dark plumage, a large head, and a large broad bill: family Balaenicipitidae, order Ciconiiformes
[C19: so named because of the shape of its bill]
a large, storklike bird, Balaeniceps rex, of E Africa, having a very broad, mottled bill.
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|Noun||1.||shoebill - large stork-like bird of the valley of the White Nile with a broad bill suggesting a wooden shoe|