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[hawrn-bil] /ˈhɔrnˌbɪl/

any large bird of the family Bucerotidae, of the Old World tropics, characterized by a very large usually surmounted by a horny protuberance.
any bird of the family Bucerotidae of tropical Africa and Asia, having a very large bill with a basal bony protuberance: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)

1773, from horn (n.) + bill (n.2).


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