Definition of shoebill in English:

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shoebill

Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͞oˌbil/

noun

An African stork with gray plumage and a very large bill shaped like a wooden shoe.
  • Balaeniceps rex, the only member of the family Balaenicipitidae.
Example sentences
  • In the Lochinvar, regarded as Zambia's prime birds sanctuary, there is the crested cranes, saddle-bill storks, egrets, wood ibis, vultures and the rare shoebill stork.
  • Fortunately, once on the island, we found two more shoebills that stayed motionless among the papyrus, giving us long and lasting memories.
  • First, the skulls of those birds are totally and dramatically dissimilar, and second, does this mean that the shoebill is extinct?

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Syllabification: shoe·bill

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