from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A remarkable grallatorial bird of Africa, related to the herons and storks: so called on account of the size of the head and monstrous shape of the beak; the whale-headed stork, or shoebill, Balæniceps rex, the only representative of the family Balænicipidæ. See cut under Balænicipidæ.


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