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English Dictionary: ibis by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
ibis
n
  1. wading birds of warm regions having long slender down- curved bills
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ibis \I"bis\, n. [L. ibis, Gr. [?]; of Egyptian origin.]
      (Zo[94]l.)
      Any bird of the genus {Ibis} and several allied genera, of
      the family {Ibid[91]}, 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
      reptiles.
  
      Note: The sacred ibis of the ancient Egyptians ({Ibis
               [92]thiopica}) 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 ({G. 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[91]}). See {Wood ibis}.
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