One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Either of two Australasian boatbills of the genus Machaerirhynchus.
2A large, yellow-breasted tyrant flycatcher of tropical America, Megarynchus pitangua (family Tyrannidae), having a broad, somewhat flattened bill.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alfred Wallace (1823–1913), naturalist, evolutionary theorist, and social critic.
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