- any of several wading birds (family Threskiornithidae) with a broad, flat bill that is spoon-shaped at the tip; esp., the (Ajaia ajaja) of North and South America
- any of a number of other birds with a bill like this, as a shoveler duck
- ☆ paddlefish
See spoonbill in American Heritage Dictionary 4
a. Any of several long-legged wading birds of the genus Platalea, similar to the ibis but having a long, flat bill with a broadly spatulate tip.
b. Any of various broad-billed ducks, such as the shoveler.
- See paddlefish.
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