Definition of duckbill in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəkbil/


An animal with jaws resembling a duck’s bill, e.g., a platypus or a duck-billed dinosaur.
Example sentences
  • This includes the horned dinosaurs, duckbills, stegosaurs and armored dinosaurs.
  • It was the spectacular array of ornithischians that made the Cretaceous such an interesting time - strangely named beasts like ‘duckbills’ and ‘boneheads’, and various types of armoured and horned dinosaurs.
  • Since the parent duckbills were nearly thirty feet long and weighed about three tons, we assume that the dinosaurs were too large to incubate their eggs by sitting on the nest.


Shaped like a duck’s bill: duckbill pliers
More example sentences
  • The surgeon made the incision at the level of the thyroid cartilage and removed a window using the duckbill elevator.
  • The insertion instruments include calipers, curved hooks, dull hooks, duckbill elevators, chisels, and implant inserters.
  • According to her, he was wearing a plastic shield, a regular-size duckbill mask, gloves, gown and everything supplied by the hospital, but still she got infected.

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Syllabification: duck·bill

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