duck-billed dinosaur


variants or less commonly duckbill dinosaur
: any of various herbivorous dinosaurs (family Hadrosauridae) of the Late Cretaceous having the jaw elongated into a snout that resembles a beak : hadrosaur
Fossils of a duck-billed dinosaur have turned up in Antarctica, recalling a time 66 million years ago when the now-frozen continent bore forests and a bountiful ecosystem.Richard Monastersky

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1980s, Bruce Stinchcomb, a paleontology student studying Gilmore and Stewart's, analyzed the old bones and identified them as belonging to a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur, per CNN. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of duck-billed dinosaur was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Duck-billed dinosaur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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