Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a curved bill; hook-beaked.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Having a strongly curved bill.
“I'll spy stellar jays, rufus hummers, and hook-billed thatchers on prickly pear at dusk.”
“Fordus rushed out of the smoke, Northstar and two of the bandits beside him, as the creature took shape out of fire and cloud: an enormous hook-billed bird-its shape that of a condor or vulture, its naked head blistered and ugly, its black eyes glitter-ing like gems.”
“He possessed a small, hook-billed instrument for the purpose of sawing odds and ends from papers and magazines.”
“Although the figure was human the head was that of a hook-billed bird of prey.”
“The male is slab-sided, hook-billed, and distorted, and is rejected by the canners.”
“Instantly Peter crouched a little lower in his hiding-place, for he knew this for a member of the Hawk family and Peter has learned by experience that the only way to keep perfectly safe when one of these hook-clawed, hook-billed birds is about is to keep out of sight.”
“Among its sixteen kingfishers, it possesses the carious hook-billed Macrorhina, and a red and blue Tanysiptera, the most beautiful of that beautiful genus.”
“They have hook-billed noses, crow's-feet under their sunken eyes, and a mellow tinting of the hair.”
“But the voice varies in the different breeds; Mr. Brent  says that hook-billed ducks are very loquacious, and that Rouens utter a "dull, loud, and monotonous cry, easily distinguishable by an experienced ear.”
“In the hook-billed duck (fig. 39) these same bones as well as the lower jaw curve downwards in a most remarkable manner, as represented.”
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