from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bill-hook with a curved, end.
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He tried the paring knife, the cleaver, the cook's knife, the hook-bill of the knife for dismembering chicken, the two utility knives.
There are some curious varieties of the domestic duck, which only appear interesting from their singularity, for there does not seem to be anything of use or value in the unusual characteristics which distinguish them; thus, the bow-bill duck, as shown in the engraving, called by some writers the hook-bill, is remarkable for the peculiarly strange distortion of its beak, and the tuft on the top of its head.