duck·​bill ˈdək-ˌbil How to pronounce duckbill (audio)

Examples of duckbill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The floor-length strapless gown is almost entirely constructed from metal duckbill (or alligator) hair clips. Marci Robin, Allure, 13 Sep. 2023 The duckbill spoiler is also new and extends over the wheel arches, giving the car a slightly more pronounced stance. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 22 June 2023 The front hood, door mirror caps, upper and lower side air intakes, and Gurney flap on the duckbill are all swapped for carbon-fiber replacements. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 10 May 2023 The huge underhung rear wing from the GT4 RS is replaced by an enlarged duckbill spoiler for the Spyder. Car and Driver, 9 May 2023 The duckbill does its job as an umbrella for your face, while the insulated crown (made from Patagonia’s R1 fleece, which is amazing at regulating temperature) and flip-down earflaps keep your noggin warm. Svati Kirsten Narula, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 The biggest difference is the roofline, which now extends to the rear of the car and tapers into a duckbill spoiler. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2022 Though some duckbill dinosaurs could reach up to 15 meters long, experts say that Ajnabia was comparatively tiny, measuring the size of a pony at three meters. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 5 Nov. 2020 Unlike a platypus, a short-beaked echidna doesn't have a duckbill or swim in streams. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 21 Apr. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of duckbill was in 1840

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“Duckbill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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duck·​bill ˈdək-ˌbil How to pronounce duckbill (audio)
: platypus

called also duck-billed platypus\ ˌdək-​ˌbil(d)-​ \

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