from The Century Dictionary.

  • In ornithology, having a spoon-like or spatulate bill, dilated at the end. See spoonbill.
  • In ichthyology, duck-billed; shovel-nosed; having a long spatulate snout, as a sturgeon. See cuts under paddle-fish and Psephurus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Having the bill expanded and spatulate at the end.


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  • Experts fear that, without intervention, the spoon-billed sandpiper could be extinct within ten years.

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