Pronunciation: (spOOn'bil"), [key]
1. any of several wading birds of the family Plataleidae, related to the ibises, having a long, flat bill with a spoonlike tip.
2. any of various birds having a similar bill, as the shoveler duck.
3. the paddlefish.
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