Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the bill expanded and spatulate at the end.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ornithology, having a spoon-like or spatulate bill, dilated at the end. See spoonbill.
  • In ichthyology, duck-billed; shovel-nosed; having a long spatulate snout, as a sturgeon. See cuts under paddle-fish and Psephurus.

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Examples

  • 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).

    Recent and projected changes in arctic species distributions and potential ranges

  • Deep within my roseate spoon-billed heart lies a melody.

    Waco is the heart of Texas | clusterflock

  • 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.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

  • 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.

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  • There have been more Google hits for the exotic and endangered spoon-billed sandpiper from Asia than for any threatened British creature.

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  • Conservationists have embarked on a mission to save one the world's rarest birds, the spoon-billed sandpiper, from extinction.

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  • Print Bid to save sandpiper at risk of extinction in Russia Will this spoon-billed sandpiper chick make it to adulthood?

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  • No spoon-billed sandpipers currently exist in captivity.

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  • Experts fear that, without intervention, the spoon-billed sandpiper could be extinct within ten years.

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  • 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.

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