Definition of sicklebill in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsikəlˌbil/


Any of a number of birds with a long narrow down-curved bill.
Example sentences
  • The rat-a-tat-tat of the brown sicklebill could be likened to machine-gun fire.
  • Sicklebills have evolved a long, curved beak used to probe for insects in thick moss and tree bark.
  • Carved from Lapis Lazuli a duck Egyptians saw a mysterious connection between the sicklebills of the ibises and the crescent moon.

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Syllabification: sick·le·bill

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