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Pronunciation: (ī'bis), [key]
pl. i•bis•es, (esp. collectively) i•bis.

1. any of several large wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, of warm temperate and tropical regions, related to the herons and storks, and characterized by a long, thin, downward-curved bill. Cf. sacred ibis.
2. any of certain similar birds belonging to the stork family Ciconiidae, esp. the wood stork, Mycteria americana.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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