from The Century Dictionary.
- In ornithology, having a spoon-like or spatulate bill, dilated at the end. See
- In ichthyology, duck-billed; shovel-nosed; having a long spatulate snout, as a sturgeon. See cuts under
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Zoöl.) Having the bill expanded and spatulate at the end.
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Deep within my roseate spoon-billed heart lies a melody.
For two of the three water-bird species that are considered globally threatened, namely the red-breasted goose (Branta ruficollis) and the spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmaeus), 67 and 57% of their current breeding range is projected to change from tundra to forest, respectively (Table 7.7).
The singular spoon-billed sandpiper was at one time in spring so common that it was twice served at the gunroom table, for which after our return home we had to endure severe reproaches from animal collectors.
Experts fear that, without intervention, the spoon-billed sandpiper could be extinct within ten years.
No spoon-billed sandpipers currently exist in captivity.
His women quaintly in a constant condition of erotic endeavour, have questing, almost prehensile vaginas resembling nothing so much as a whiskered spoon-billed duck; the phallus is bloated, misshapen, floating free; inflated breasts, detached limbs and eyes on stalks, extruded nipples and scrotums stretched by the weight of testicles accompany the rima seen as a great engulfing orifice.
There have been more Google hits for the exotic and endangered spoon-billed sandpiper from Asia than for any threatened British creature.
Dr Geoff Hilton Head of Species Research, WWT The captive population of spoon-billed sandpipers will be housed in Moscow Zoo for quarantine purposes, then moved to a specially built unit at the headquarters of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust WWT in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, UK.
Conservationists have embarked on a mission to save one the world's rarest birds, the spoon-billed sandpiper, from extinction.
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