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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ahy-bis]
    • /ˈaɪ bɪs/
    • /ˈaɪbɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahy-bis]
    • /ˈaɪ bɪs/

Definitions of ibis word

  • noun plural ibis 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. Compare sacred ibis. 1
  • noun plural ibis any of certain similar birds belonging to the stork family Ciconiidae, especially the wood stork, Mycteria americana. 1
  • noun ibis A large wading bird with a long down -curved bill, long neck, and long legs. 1
  • noun ibis bird: type of stork 1
  • noun ibis any of various wading birds of the family Threskiornithidae, such as Threskiornis aethiopica (sacred ibis), that occur in warm regions and have a long thin down-curved bill: order Ciconiiformes (herons, storks, etc) 0
  • noun ibis any of several large wading birds (family Threskiornithidae) with long legs and a long, slender, curved bill, found chiefly in tropical regions, as the sacred ibis of the Nile (Threskiornis aethiopica) 0

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Origin of ibis

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin ībis < Greek îbis < Egyptian hb

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Parts of speech for Ibis


ibis popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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