American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large, short-legged ibis (Threskiornis aethiopica) of Africa and Asia, having white plumage and a sooty black, naked head and neck.
- n. A species of wading bird of the ibis family, Threskiornithidae, which breeds in sub-Saharan Africa, SE Iraq and formerly in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth; Threskiornis aethiopicus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. See Ibis.
- n. African ibis venerated by ancient Egyptians
- From the veneration of this ibis by the ancient Egyptians. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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