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)


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  • The ibis is a natural enemy of snakes, and so they scattered the snakes, and the army was safe.

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  • The LXX. and Vulgate render this word by "ibis", i.e., the

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  • These birds formed the topic of our after-supper conversation, and then it generalised to the different species of wading birds of America, and at length that singular creature, the "ibis," became the theme.

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  • Noble Nook, Sony Reader, and other ePub-compatible devices, as well as reader software such as ibis and Bookworm.

  • All standard eBook metadata is supported. eBooks created are compatible with reader software such as ibis and Bookworm.

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  • Some were also mummified as offerings, such as ibis, and raptors, but people were cheats back then, too, as x-rays proved that some of these offerings contained nothing more than balls of linen or mud and pebbles! TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

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  • It was a big thrill when I saw a white-faced ibis near the front gate where there was irrigation overflow.

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  • I particularly like this one above, the Atherix ibis (watersnipe fly) aquatic larva magnified 25x by Fabrice Parais of DIREN Basse-Normandie in Hérouville-Saint-Clair, France.

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  • located in Merriam Webtster's Notebook Dictionary pg 39.
    From Robert Mcfarland

    September 25, 2010