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 for Ibis
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ibis \I"bis\, n. [L. ibis, Gr. ?; of Egyptian origin.] (Zool.)
     Any bird of the genus Ibis and several allied genera, of
     the family Ibid[ae], inhabiting both the Old World and the
     New. Numerous species are known. They are large, wading
     birds, having a long, curved beak, and feed largely on
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: The sacred ibis of the ancient Egyptians ({Ibis
           aethiopica) has the head and neck black, without
           feathers. The plumage of the body and wings is white,
           except the tertiaries, which are lengthened and form a
           dark purple plume. In ancient times this bird was
           extensively domesticated in Egypt, but it is now seldom
           seen so far north. The glossy ibis ({Plegadis
           autumnalis), which is widely distributed both in the
           Old World and the New, has the head and neck feathered,
           except between the eyes and bill; the scarlet ibis
           ({Guara rubra) and the white ibis ({Guara alba})
           inhabit the West Indies and South America, and are
           rarely found in the United States. The wood ibis
           ({Tantalus loculator) of America belongs to the Stork
           family ({Ciconid[ae]). See Wood ibis.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-
           curved bills

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