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hornbill Syllabification: horn·bill
Pronunciation: /ˈhôrnˌbil/

Definition of hornbill in English:


A medium to large tropical Old World bird, having a very large curved bill that typically has a large horny or bony casque. The male often seals up the female inside the nest hole.
  • Family Bucerotidae: several genera and numerous species, e.g., the great Indian hornbill (Buceros bicornis)
Example sentences
  • Similar in appearance to ornamental features seen in birds like cassowaries and hornbills, the crest may have been used for display, the study team suggests.
  • As a result, the hornbill project has to provide young hornbills with human-made nests.
  • Despite the wonders of all these birds, the hornbills - large, black or brown and white, arboreal birds with long, heavy bills - were undoubtedly the highlights of our days.

Words that rhyme with hornbill

storksbill • shoebill
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