Definition of "ibis" [i•bis]

  • Any of various storklike wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae of temperate and tropical regions, having a long, slender, downward-curving bill. (noun)
  • The wood ibis. (noun)
  • 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) (noun)

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Use "ibis" in a sentence
  • "The ibis is a bird that was found so useful in destroying locusts and serpents in Egypt, that in olden times it was made a capital crime for any one to destroy it."
  • "The ibis is a natural enemy of snakes, and so they scattered the snakes, and the army was safe."
  • "The LXX. and Vulgate render this word by "ibis", i.e., the"