A stork is a large water bird with long legs, a big bill, and a legendary reputation for leaving babies on doorsteps. Real storks don't deliver babies; they mostly stand around in marshes all day.

Myths going back to ancient European folklore describe storks delivering infants to their expectant parents. In Europe, it was considered good luck if a stork made a nest on a house, and that became a handy answer to questions about where babies come from: The stork brought it! Sometimes the common birthmarks on the backs of babies' heads are even called "stork bites."

Definitions of stork
  1. noun
    large mostly Old World wading birds typically having white-and-black plumage
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    Ciconia ciconia, white stork
    the common stork of Europe; white with black wing feathers and a red bill
    Ciconia nigra, black stork
    Old World stork that is glossy black above and white below
    Leptoptilus dubius, adjutant, adjutant bird, adjutant stork
    large Indian stork with a military gait
    Leptoptilus crumeniferus, marabou, marabou stork, marabout
    large African black-and-white carrion-eating stork; its downy underwing feathers are used to trim garments
    stork with a grooved bill whose upper and lower parts touch only at the base and tip
    Jabiru mycteria, jabiru
    large white stork of warm regions of the world especially America
    Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis, jabiru, saddlebill
    large black-and-white stork of tropical Africa; its red bill has a black band around the middle
    Xenorhyncus asiaticus, black-necked stork, jabiru, policeman bird
    large mostly white Australian stork
    Mycteria americana, flinthead, wood ibis, wood stork
    an American stork that resembles the true ibises in having a downward-curved bill; inhabits wooded swamps of New World tropics
    type of:
    wader, wading bird
    any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
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