from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various large wading birds of the family Ciconiidae, chiefly of the Eastern Hemisphere, having long legs and a long straight bill.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large wading bird with long legs and a long beak of the family Ciconiidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of large wading birds of the family Ciconidæ, having long legs and a long, pointed bill. They are found both in the Old World and in America, and belong to Ciconia and several allied genera. The European white stork (Ciconia alba) is the best known. It commonly makes its nests on the top of a building, a chimney, a church spire, or a pillar. The black stork (C. nigra) is native of Asia, Africa, and Europe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large altricial grallatorial bird, of the family Ciconiidæ and especially of the subfamily Ciconiinæ (which see for technical characters).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large mostly Old World wading birds typically having white-and-black plumage
Middle English, from Old English storc.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English stork, from Old English storc, from Proto-Germanic *sturkaz, from Proto-Indo-European *str̥gos, probably an extension of *ster- (“stiff”) (from its movements). Near cognates include German Storch and Icelandic storkur, Albanian shturë ("starling"). (Wiktionary)