from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Any of various broad-billed ducks, such as the shoveler.
- n. See paddlefish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various large, long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae, which also includes the ibises, that have a large, flat, spatulate bill.
- n. A species of fish, Polyodon spathula, native to the Mississippi/Missouri river basin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of wading birds of the genera Ajaja and Platalea, and allied genera, in which the long bill is broadly expanded and flattened at the tip.
- n. The shoveler. See Shoveler, 2.
- n. The ruddy duck. See under Ruddy.
- n. The paddlefish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ornithology: A large grallatorial bird of either of the genera Platalea and Aiaia: so called from the broad, flat, spatulate dilatation of the end of the bill, likened to a spoon. See cuts under Platalea and aiaia.
- n. The shoveler-duck, Spatula clypeata. See cut under shoveler.
- n. The scaupduck, Fuligula marila. See cut under scaup.
- n. The ruddy duck. Erismatura rubida; the broadbill: more fully called spoon-billed butterball. See cut under Erismatura.
- n. In ichthyology, the spoon-billed cat, or paddle-fish, Polyodon spatula. See cuts under paddle-fish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. wading birds having a long flat bill with a tip like a spoon
From spoon + bill, owing to the shape of the animals' heads. (Wiktionary)