One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ibis with a bare red head and mainly dark metallic green plumage, now breeding only in Morocco.
Geronticus eremita, family Threskiornithidae. Alternative names: hermit ibis, bald ibis
- ‘Experts were today still trying to figure out how the bird, also known as the waldrapp, reached Blackpool.’
1920s: from German, from Wald ‘forest’ + Rapp, variant of Rabe ‘raven’.
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