- the platypus.
Origin of ornithorhynchus
1790–1800; < New Latin: genus name, equivalent to ornitho- ornitho- + -rhynchus < Greek rhýnchos bill
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Sometimes, as in the Ornithorhynchus, the meniscus is absent.
Here we find the curious egg-laying mammal, Ornithorhynchus.
In Ornithorhynchus the zygomatic arch is much stouter than in Echidna.
The acetabulum is perforated in Echidna as in birds, but not in Ornithorhynchus.
The interclavicle is absent from all mammals except Echidna and Ornithorhynchus.Dragons of the Air
H. G. Seeley
- the technical name for duck-billed platypus
C19: New Latin, from ornitho- + Greek rhunkhos bill