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

  • n. Either of two pigeonlike shore birds (Chionia alba or C. minor) of Antarctic regions, having white plumage and a horny covering on the base of the bill.

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  • n. Either of two species of scavenging birds in the family Chionididae which breed only on the Antarctic Peninsula and subantarctic islands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Either one of two species of birds composing the genus Chionis, and family Chionidæ, native of the islands of the Antarctic seas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sea-bird of the family Chionididæ.


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From sheath +‎ bill


  • Mr Meldrum said it was what was called a sheathbill, and not good for eating, which made Frank regret all the more having killed it, especially when its mate hopped up to him presently -- as if asking him why he had shot her husband!

    The Wreck of the Nancy Bell Cast Away on Kerguelen Land

  • American sheathbill (Chionis alba); south polar skua (Catharacta maccormicki); brown skua (Catharacta lonnbergi); southern black-backed gull (Larus dominicanus); and,

    Antarctic Peninsula

  • These, with five wild ducks -- Mr Lathrope bringing down a pair right and left, on their way back, in a fashion which amply retrieved his character as a shot, and Frank securing the odd one -- were the nett result of the day's sport, in addition to the little sheathbill; and the shooting party returned to the house under the cliff as well satisfied with their own prowess as the home party were to welcome them, especially as they were now so plentifully provided with what all had been longing for since the last sheep had been washed overboard the

    The Wreck of the Nancy Bell Cast Away on Kerguelen Land

  • On Marion Island, for example, the numbers of the island’s only land bird – the lesser sheathbill – have dropped, and the introduced house mouse is suspected of out-competing the bird species for food.

    Pests and invasive species in Africa


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