Origin of duckbill

First recorded in 1550–60; duck1 + bill2
Also called duckbill platypus, duck-billed platypus. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for duck-billed platypus

duck-billed platypus


an amphibious egg-laying mammal, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, of E Australia, having dense fur, a broad bill and tail, and webbed feet: family OrnithorhynchidaeSometimes shortened to: duckbill, platypus See also monotreme
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