Definition of ibis in English:



  • A large wading bird with a long downcurved bill, long neck, and long legs.

    • ‘Saxey tells of the secret shame of being in Neverwhere II, if only for a second, with the head of an ibis painted over you.’
    • ‘A crudely painted plywood sign showing bulbous ibis and spoonbills asks that you not disturb the birds.’
    • ‘The 40-square-mile Caroni Swamp is the home of Trinidad's national bird, the scarlet ibis.’
    • ‘The eagle had died in a cave that served as a natural trap for flightless species such as moa-nalos, rails, and ibises.’
    • ‘The couple collected breeds of birds from every continent, including pheasants, herons, ibis, kestrels and buzzards.’
    • ‘The Bourgas Lake is a nestling site of pelicans, ibis, and herons.’
    • ‘Lismore Lake provides a variety of habitat for swamp hen, ibis, egrets, and herons as well as many small waders.’
    • ‘Likewise, ancient Egyptians associated hawks with Horus (the god of light), ibises with Thoth (the god of wisdom and learning), and so on.’
    • ‘The ibis has an exotic air with its burgundy plumage and oddly curved beak.’
    • ‘Tawaret has the head of a hippo, Thoth the head of an ibis, and the great sun god Ra is rowed across the heavens in a boat.’
    • ‘It is home to 300 species of birds, including 26,000 nesting pairs of herons, egrets, and ibises.’
    • ‘In the East African wetlands, you are definitely bound to come across one or two species of ibises.’
    • ‘But then, when the aggressive ibis flew away from the jacana's territory to the far side of the lake, two jacanas came out of hiding.’
    • ‘‘Many ibises died in the past from water contaminated either by pesticides or some other pollutant,’ he said.’
    • ‘Inland species may associate with herons, egrets, storks, ibises, and spoonbills.’
    • ‘As the Nile at that time was rising, there were many hoopoes and ibises in the nets, more than could be counted.’
    • ‘What would happen to the scarlet ibis, our pride and joy and a national symbol?’
    • ‘As well as being represented as an Ibis or a man with an ibis head he showed up as a baboon a lot.’
    • ‘I live on a lake (in Florida) and there's a flock of ibises that I feed regularly.’
    • ‘I looked to the left, down towards the River, and smiled at the all-too-common site of a flock of ibises nosing around in the mud for their food.’


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek.