ornithorhynchus

[awr-nuh-thuh-ring-kuh s]

Origin of ornithorhynchus

1790–1800; < New Latin: genus name, equivalent to ornitho- ornitho- + -rhynchus < Greek rhýnchos bill
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ornithorhynchus

noun
  1. the technical name for duck-billed platypus

Word Origin for ornithorhynchus

C19: New Latin, from ornitho- + Greek rhunkhos bill
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