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Definition of "spoonbill" [spoon•bill]

  • Any of several long-legged wading birds of the genus Platalea, similar to the ibis but having a long, flat bill with a broadly spatulate tip. (noun)
  • Any of various broad-billed ducks, such as the shoveler. (noun)
  • See paddlefish. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spoonbill" in a sentence
  • "Now what do you do with a spoonbill? can you eat it?"
  • "Snagged this 75lb spoonbill in the Arkansas River below Kaw Reservoir."
  • "Excuse me greatly I meant to put a 5 not a 6 it was a 5 foot spoonbill."