Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several long-legged wading birds of the genus Platalea, having a long, flat bill with a broadly spatulate tip.
  • noun Any of various broad-billed ducks, such as the shoveler.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ornithology: A large grallatorial bird of either of the genera Platalea and Aiaia: so called from the broad, flat, spatulate dilatation of the end of the bill, likened to a spoon. See cuts under Platalea and aiaia.
  • noun The shoveler-duck, Spatula clypeata. See cut under shoveler.
  • noun The scaupduck, Fuligula marila. See cut under scaup.
  • noun The ruddy duck. Erismatura rubida; the broadbill: more fully called spoon-billed butterball. See cut under Erismatura.
  • noun In ichthyology, the spoon-billed cat, or paddle-fish, Polyodon spatula. See cuts under paddle-fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any one of several species of wading birds of the genera Ajaja and Platalea, and allied genera, in which the long bill is broadly expanded and flattened at the tip.
  • noun The shoveler. See Shoveler, 2.
  • noun The ruddy duck. See under Ruddy.
  • noun The paddlefish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various large, long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae, which also includes the ibises, that have a large, flat, spatulate bill.
  • noun US A species of fish, Polyodon spathula, native to the Mississippi/Missouri river basin.

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

  • noun wading birds having a long flat bill with a tip like a spoon

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From spoon +‎ bill, owing to the shape of the animals' heads.

Examples

  • Also, I din't weigh them but but also caught a few nice spoonbill catfish in Elk Point, SD that weighed in the neighborhood of 90-100lbs.

    What's the biggest fish you've ever caught? How big? Where at?

  • When I was a kid my family, mom, dad, aunts and uncles, would go spoonbill fishing.

    Treasure Snaggin'

  • Excuse me greatly I meant to put a 5 not a 6 it was a 5 foot spoonbill.

    Biggest Fish Caught?

  • I live in Manila Arkansas, and i got trout lines all out in big lake. me and dad have done great there so far!! we already got over 200 pound this year!! this is where they are at boys!! lastyear we caught a spoonbill catfish that was a sight!!

    any catfish people out there??

  • I live in Manila Arkansas, and i got trout lines all out in big lake. me and dad have done great there so far!! we already got over 200 pound this year!! this is where they are at boys!! lastyear we caught a spoonbill catfish that was a sight!!

    any catfish people out there??

  • Excuse me greatly I meant to put a 5 not a 6 it was a 5 foot spoonbill.

    Biggest Fish Caught?

  • Snagged this 75lb spoonbill in the Arkansas River below Kaw Reservoir.

    Field & Stream

  • Now what do you do with a spoonbill? can you eat it?

    Field & Stream

  • Now what do you do with a spoonbill? can you eat it?

    Field & Stream

  • Also, I din't weigh them but but also caught a few nice spoonbill catfish in Elk Point, SD that weighed in the neighborhood of 90-100lbs.

    What's the biggest fish you've ever caught? How big? Where at?

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