from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a white bill, as a bird: specifying various species: as, the white-billed textor. See cut under Textor.


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  • This must be how birdwatchers who are also real ale enthusiasts feel when they spot a white-billed diver on the roof of a pub serving Old Stoatwobbler.

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  • Dressed, as is his custom, for golf, and wearing a white-billed cap w/corporate logo, Mr. Ziegler is seated by himself in the on-air studio, surrounded by monitors and sheaves of Internet downloads.


  • I was awoke at sunrise by a "white-billed woodpecker," which was making the woods ring by the rattling of its bill against a tree.

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  • They saw the wide marshes of rushes and cat-tails, with their bayous and channels wherein swam the white-billed mud-hens; and the long booms to the left filled with brown logs.

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  • The barn swallows have made their appearance, and the flocks of the white-billed swallows seem to have increased by new arrivals.

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  • North American three-toed and white-billed woodpecker, and the spotted woodpecker common in Europe.

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  • Magnesium has also challenged whether EPA correctly concluded that the plant was in a "sensitive environment" because two bird species known to live nearby, the white-billed curlew and the American white pelican, have been listed as under threat by the state of Utah.

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