from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large, short-legged ibis (Threskiornis aethiopica) of Africa and Asia, having white plumage and a sooty black, naked head and neck.

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  • n. A species of wading bird of the ibis family, Threskiornithidae, which breeds in sub-Saharan Africa, SE Iraq and formerly in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth; Threskiornis aethiopicus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See Ibis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. African ibis venerated by ancient Egyptians


From the veneration of this ibis by the ancient Egyptians.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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