- having a beak equipped with thin plates or lamellae for straining water and mud from food, as the ducks, geese, swans, and flamingos.
Also la·mel·li·ros·trate [luh-mel-uh-ros-treyt] /ləˌmɛl əˈrɒs treɪt/.
Origin of lamellirostral
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- (of ducks, geese, etc) having a bill fringed with thin plates on the inner edge for straining water from food
C19: from New Latin lāmellirostris, from lamella + rostrum beak