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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • (NL., ⟨ Platalea + -idæ.] A family of large grallatorial birds of the order Herodiones and suborder Ibides, typified by the genus Platalea, having the long flat bill dilated at the end like a spoon; the spoonbills, or spoon-billed ibises.

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