/ˈhɔnbɪl/ (say 'hawnbil)

any of the large, tropical birds constituting the order Bucerotiformes, of Africa and Asia, characterised by large decurved bills, often brightly coloured and in some species surmounted by large horny protuberances.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Hornbill — Horn bill , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any bird of the family {Bucerotid[ae]}, of which about sixty species are known, belonging to numerous genera. They inhabit the tropical parts of Asia, Africa, and the East Indies, and are remarkable for having a more or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hornbill — 1773, from HORN (Cf. horn) (n.) + BILL (Cf. bill) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hornbill — ► NOUN ▪ a tropical bird with a horn like structure on its large curved bill …   English terms dictionary

  • hornbill — [hôn′bil΄] n. any of a family (Bucerotidae) of large, tropical, Old World coraciiform birds with partly united toes and a huge, curved bill, often with a bony protuberance …   English World dictionary

  • Hornbill — Taxobox name = Hornbills image width = 204px image caption = Abyssinian Ground hornbill Bucorvus abyssinicus regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Coraciiformes (but see text) familia = Bucerotidae familia authority =… …   Wikipedia

  • hornbill — /hawrn bil /, n. any large bird of the family Bucerotidae, of the Old World tropics, characterized by a very large bill usually surmounted by a horny protuberance. [1765 75; HORN + BILL2] * * * Any of about 45 species of Old World tropical birds… …   Universalium

  • hornbill — UK [ˈhɔː(r)nˌbɪl] / US [ˈhɔrnˌbɪl] noun [countable] Word forms hornbill : singular hornbill plural hornbills a tropical bird with a large beak …   English dictionary

  • hornbill — acerai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Aceros angl. hornbill vok. Hornvogel, m rus. калао, m pranc. calao, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – jaučiaragiai siauresnis terminas – geltonkrūtis aceras siauresnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • hornbill — noun Date: 1773 any of a family (Bucerotidae) of large nonpasserine birds of Africa and Eurasia having enormous bills …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hornbill — noun /ˈhɔːn.bɪl,ˈhɔːrn.bɪl/ Any of various birds of the family Bucerotidae, with bills resembling a cows horn. Many species have a casque above the bill, and many imprison their young in a tree …   Wiktionary

  • hornbill — horn|bill [ˈho:nˌbıl US ˈho:rn ] n a tropical bird with a very large beak …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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