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shoebill  (ˈʃuːˌbɪl



  1. 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

Word Origin

C19: so named because of the shape of its bill


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