Definition of Sheathbill

1. n. Either one of two species of birds composing the genus Chionis, and family Chionidæ, native of the islands of the Antarctic seas.

Definition of Sheathbill

1. Noun. Either of two species of scavenging birds in the family Chionididae which breed only on the Antarctic Peninsula and subantarctic islands. ¹

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Definition of Sheathbill

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Medical Definition of Sheathbill

1. Either one of two species of birds composing the genus Chionis, and family Chionidae, native of the islands of the Antarctic.seas. They are related to the gulls and the plovers, but more nearly to the latter. The base of the bill is covered with a saddle-shaped horny sheath, and the toes are only slightly webbed. The plumage of both species is white. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sheathbill

sheath cake
sheath knife
sheath knives
sheath ligaments
sheath of Key and Retzius
sheath of Schwann
sheath of Schweigger-Seidel
sheath of thyroid gland
sheath pile
sheath rot
sheathed artery
sheathed cable

Literary usage of Sheathbill

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1. The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"(AN) sheathbill, a bird so-called by T. Pennant in 1781 (Gen. Birds, ed. 2, p. 43) from Ihc horny case * which ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... was a sheathbill, which for a long while no one suspected to be otherwise than specifically identical with that of the western Antarctic Ocean ; but, ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Hitherto there is no real evidence of the occurrence of a sheathbill in the waters of Australia or New Zealand. ..."

4. Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1891)
"... relation with the surrounding bones that the maxillo-palatines in Chionis have. The palatines and the vorner in the sheathbill, both in their structure ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"KELP PIGEON, a popular name for the sheathbill, especially the Chionis minor, or the Chionis alba of the Falklands. It is said to be so called by sailors on ..."

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