The Collaborative International Dictionary
Stork \Stork\, n. [AS. storc; akin to G. storch, OHG. storah, Icel. storkr, Dan. & Sw. stork, and perhaps to Gr. ? a vulture.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of large wading birds of the family Ciconid[ae], having long legs and a long, pointed bill. They are found both in the Old World and in America, and belong to Ciconia and several allied genera. The European white stork ( Ciconia alba) is the best known. It commonly makes its nests on the top of a building, a chimney, a church spire, or a pillar. The black stork ( C. nigra) is native of Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Black-necked stork, the East Indian jabiru.
Hair-crested stork, the smaller adjutant of India ( Leptoptilos Javanica).
Giant stork, the adjutant.
Marabou stork. See Marabou. -- Saddle-billed stork, the African jabiru. See Jabiru.
Stork's bill (Bot.), any plant of the genus Pelargonium; -- so called in allusion to the beaklike prolongation of the axis of the receptacle of its flower. See Pelargonium.