duckbill

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Fossils of duckbill dinosaurs are so common in North America that paleontologists often just ignore them. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "From Rapping Robots to Glowing Frogs: Our Favorite Fun Stories of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 The distinguishing duckbill shape is credited to Serge Mouille, a Parisian designer who worked as a silversmith before pivoting to lighting design. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Duckbill Light Fixtures Offer a Fresh Take on Mid-Century Design," 16 Apr. 2020 Although these sculptural lamps are sold at retailers throughout the country today, the duckbill light originated in France decades ago. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Duckbill Light Fixtures Offer a Fresh Take on Mid-Century Design," 16 Apr. 2020 Life-size apples hung on hats of red felt; daisies were wrapped around plaid duckbills, and a pixie cap of straw was molded into fruit shapes. Vogue, "In His Posthumous Memoir, Bill Cunningham Recalls His Bohemian Beginnings," 13 Aug. 2018 And then there were the Ornithischia, which had a more bird-like kind of hip, and comprised armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs, duckbill dinosaurs and their relatives. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur?," 8 Dec. 2017 Some 75 million years ago, a duckbill did its business and, unwittingly, its bit for science. USA TODAY, "Petrified poop: 75-million-year-old dino dung drops bombshell," 21 Sep. 2017 Chin agrees that the duckbills may not have hunted the animals. USA TODAY, "Petrified poop: 75-million-year-old dino dung drops bombshell," 21 Sep. 2017 Since the 1980s, duckbill dinosaur bones found in the vicinity of Alaska’s Colville River were categorized as Edmontosaurus, a common and well-known Cretaceous herbivore. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "From “T. Rex” to “Pantydraco”: How Dinosaurs Get Their Names," 20 Mar. 2017

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1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Duckbill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duckbill. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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duckbill

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