from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various storklike wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae of temperate and tropical regions, having a long, slender, downward-curving bill.
- n. The wood ibis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae. They have long downcurved bills used to probe the mud for prey such as crustaceans.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any bird of the genus Ibis and several allied genera, of the family Ibidæ, inhabiting both the Old World and the New. Numerous species are known. They are large, wading birds, having a long, curved beak, and feed largely on reptiles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the family Ibididæ, or of the genus Ibis in a wide sense.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] The leading genus of the family Ibididæ, formerly more than coextensive with the family, but successively restricted to various generic types of ibises.
- n. Some bird like an ibis, or supposed to be an ibis, as a wood-ibis or wood-stork. See Tantalinæ.
- n. In angling, an artificial hackle-fly, ribbed with silver tinsel, with body, hackle, wings, and tail scarlet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills
Middle English ibin, from Latin ībis, from Greek, from Egyptian hbj.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ībis, from Ancient Greek ἶβις (ibis), from Egyptian (Wiktionary)